Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Country Road


on this country road
our dreams are intertwined like rose vines
the scent of pines tickles our senses
spring colors our lives
in every shade of the rainbow

all is still but for a hummingbird's song
reminding us that dreams come true
when we break the silence
let our voices soar
into the blueness of the sky


This weekend, my husband and I went for a lovely country drive, soaking in all the beautiful colors and scents of Spring.


I took the first three photos at a beautiful farm in Northwestern, Connecticut,
The White Flower Farm.


Here is a reflection in a brook I captured on the way back home.
Spring green is wonderful!


April is National Poetry Month. I have written as many poems as I could in April, and I'm squeezing one more in before midnight. Expressing myself creatively through writing and photography is something I enjoy very much. Thank you for your lovely comments, which make for an interesting, interactive discussion on my blog. It's been great reading so many wonderful poems in the blogosphere this month. Write on! Let our voices soar. xx
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Inner Beauty


beauty
was always inside you
but you just couldn't see it
your reflection clouded by rejection
until one spring day
you defied this negative notion
you believed in yourself
and in that clear blue water
you finally saw
a beautiful swan


One of my favorite fairy tales as a child is "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen. It's a wonderful metaphor about personal transformation and loving ourselves just as we are. When we think positively, we start believing that we are worthy, that we are beautiful inside and out, and that we deserve kindness, love, and happiness.
 

My poem is my contribution to the Imaginary Garden where Izy invites us to write a "Cliffs Notes" version of our favorite story. I took these photos at the pond in my hometown of Pleasantville, New York. Yellow forsythia is in bloom, and geese and mallards are happily swimming. Spring is definitely here! Enjoy and have a great weekend!
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blue Moon


in the stillness
of the vast blue sky-
the moon sighs
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The moon is fascinating and evocative, with so much mystery and mystique evolving around it. There will be a full moon on April 25. In the meantime, here is an image of the moon I captured today. I wonder if the moon looks at the world from above and sighs ...
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My haiku is my contribution to the Imaginary Garden, where Grace invites us to write a Lune poem (lune means moon in French). It's a three-line haiku with a 3-5-3 word count.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Falling Petals


melting away
into each other's eyes,
we fall gently
like petals from the sky

merging
heaven and earth,
grass showered
with pink blooms

hiding
in the shade
of a magnolia tree,
we lose and find ourselves

blending
our hearts into one,
yesterday's scars
melting away


What can I say, I'm a hopeless romantic. An English college professor once told me that my love poems are overly sentimental. Oh my goodness, I think he was right! I do understand what he means, that poetry need not be too flowery, that it has a bigger impact when the language is subtle yet still evokes an emotion. As I ponder about the beauty of magnolia trees blooming everywhere right now, I can't help myself but to be flowery and overly sentimental. The world can be so cold sometimes and perhaps what we need is more feelings, not less; more romance, not less; more warmth, not less. I may not get an A on this poem, but love sure does make my heart melt away.
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Sharing with the Imaginary Garden at  http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/ where we are invited to write a poem about "melting." Wishing you a warm and flowery weekend! xx

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Life's Colors


A Rooftop With Flowers
Painting by Spanish Impressionist Joaquin Sorolla
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no matter what life throws at me
i will catch it like a bridal bouquet
scented with the joy of sunflowers
and the passion of red geraniums

no matter what was yesterday
i will live each day like a fresh beginning
the colors of the past fading away
a new painting emerging

no matter what the ups and downs
i will dance on the rooftop
to the rhythm of gentle breezes
amidst spring flowers, hope will bloom 


Sunflowers and Geraniums
Digital Photo Art by Loredana Donovan
Inspired by Joaquin Sorolla's Painting
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My post is in response to the ekphrasis challenge at the Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, where we are invited to write a poem inspired by a painting of Spanish Impressionist Joaquin Sorolla. I fell in love with his painting, "A Rooftop With Flowers," the first image featured here, which to me seems full of light and hope and passion. I believe the red flowers in containers he depicted in the painting are geraniums, some of my favorite blooms. Sorolla's painting inspired my poem as well as my digital photo art. My poem is in anaphora style, which uses repetition for emphasis. I took a photograph of a bouquet of sunflowers and geranium blooms and gave my image a painterly effect. Well, mine is not quite an impressionistic painting, but I sure had fun trying! Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Must Love Dogs


Breaking the ice
in the sweltering heat
downtown New York City,
between light and shadows
in the dog park

"How beautiful, what breed
of dog is it?," he asks, intrigued

Sporting red sneakers,
she wonders whether
to run away or answer him

"It's a mixed breed,
he loves playing in the park,"
she says, cautiously

"Come here often?,"
he asks teasingly, making fun
of a cliche pick-up line

They burst out laughing

"Yeah, great view here,"
she says, relaxing a bit


She wonders why
she suddenly feels warm-
could it be the sun on her face
or the guy's charm?

She ties up a loose shoelace,
just in case she needs to run

But they talk for hours,
as if they had known
each other for years

"Can I call you sometimes?"
"Sure, why not?"

Her phone number is secured
in his back pocket,
scribbled on a napkin

Later, the dog ate it


Well, it seems that we skipped Spring in the city and went straight to Summer! It was so hot this week that people were suntanning in shorts and tank tops, walking their dogs in the park, relaxing, and cooling off by fountains. Great to have lunch outside in the park!


Even the dogs were stopping to smell the flowers.


I took the photos with my Droid phone at Madison Square Park. Here is a view of the Flatiron skyscraper from the park. Flowers are blooming and trees are starting to fill in!


I wrote my poem in response to two prompts: at Poetry Jam, Laurie asks us: "What's in Your Pocket?" At Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Izy invites us to write a "Document of Discussion." One of my favorite romantic comedies is Must Love Dogs, which inspired my poem, along with the prompts, and the beautiful dog park. Enjoy!

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Love Mosaic


outside
a burst of colors
reflecting
what's inside

cool blues
warm yellows
inside out
outside in

opposites
attract
i light up
like a daffodil

every time
i look
into your
azure eyes

inside
a burst of colors
reflecting
what's outside
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It was sunny today and, to my delight, I discovered Spring blooms--hyacinths, daffodils, and crocuses! I noticed them when taking a walk over at "Pocket Park," a lovely little garden in Chappaqua, New York, nearby where I live. The colors were prominently blue and yellow, which are opposites on the color wheel and complement each other. This gave me an idea for a love poem! What about you? Do you think opposites attract?
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April is National Poetry Month. This poem is posted in response to two challenges at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads: the prompt by Peggy on "outside" and the prompt by Kerry on "Wordsworth," one of my favorite classic nature poets! Enjoy!
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