Secret Garden

secret garden blk s

seeks her
center point,
eyes of the stars
calling, crying.  They
catch her throat.  She cannot
hear the fleeting glimpses, night
birds sounding indigo, feathers
holding metamorphosis.  But now

the flower has fallen. The raised hand
reaches on a whisper, snaking
through questions, labyrinthine.
Conjure thee O Hera:
invoke ancient song.
Transform what is

File:Marie Spartali Stillman - A lady with peacocks in a garden, an Italianate landscape beyond.jpg

Jane Dougherty’s challenge this week was once again a painting (above) and the words:  indigo, cry, night bird, fleeting, forbidden

secret garden close up s

So here’s a woman, a garden, peacocks.  Peacocks are sacred to Hera, and a woman in a garden…just rethinking that story a bit.

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25 responses to “Secret Garden”

  1. Jodi says :

    Another masterpiece of art and words!!!

  2. Jane Dougherty says :

    Wonderful idea to link the peacock to mythology. And you got in the hand too. Impressive work 🙂

  3. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    This is an awesome response!! Love the combo! But I really like the snake and hand…that’s almost a standalone image…too clever!

  4. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    Another great job and loving the conflicting emotions rising as my eyes travel through the artwork and back to the verse, returning to the image. And thinking of Jo once again. Great work!

  5. Sharon Mann says :

    The collage is poetry itself. Thank you for posting both poem and collage today. I love the line “night birds sound in indigo”.

  6. merrildsmith says :

    Wow! This is so impressive–art and poem. I had thought to do something with the mythology, but I just couldn’t quite figure out how to do it.

  7. Oloriel says :

    I love the synergy the art and words create, it was a vortexal experience, which I am especially fond of because of these lines: “Transform what is

  8. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    the art and words are amazing!

  9. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

    Those first 6 lines grabbed me especially. A feeling of suffocating, of reaching…

  10. sarahsouthwest says :

    Oh, I like this very much! Yearning…

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