Secret Garden

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She
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
forbidden
into
fruit.

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

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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!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Jane Dougherty says :

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

    Liked by 1 person

  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!

    Liked by 1 person

  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!

    Liked by 1 person

  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”.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. jazzytower says :

    Nice job!!:)

    Liked by 1 person

  7. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. 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
    forbidden
    into
    fruit.”

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    the art and words are amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

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

    Liked by 1 person

  11. sarahsouthwest says :

    Oh, I like this very much! Yearning…

    Liked by 1 person

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