Thursday, July 31, 2014

Poetry Friday - Creatures In The Garden

          Poetry Friday can be found at Margaret Simon's Reflections On The TecheThanks for hosting, Margaret, and for sharing such beauty from your trip to Whitbey Island.

       It's been such a busy summer, and I have been out of town for most of it. There have been good times away, but I haven't had much time to write. I have managed to write a few poems for a project I've been working on for a while. I love learning about plants and this has given me an interesting focus. Here's a recent one, a favorite plant in our semi-arid climate.






Lamb’s Ear - Stachys byzantine                    


Mary had a little lamb,

with ears as soft as these
and everywhere she traveled
the lamb was sure to please.
now within your garden
more lambs will grow and stay.
They’ll make you smile when petting
and never run away.
Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved


photo credit: We planted the seeds via photopin href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/">cc

31 comments:

  1. I love fuzzy-leaved plants. They invite touching, as is evidenced in your poem: They’ll make you smile when petting
    Your poem made me smile, too!

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    1. Thanks Diane. Those fuzzy-leaved plants do well in our climate! Guess the fuzz helps retain the moisture.

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  2. Ha! They never run away. Love it, Linda! Hard to believe it's August 1, isn't it?? Love to you friend, as you continue your summer adventures. xo

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    1. Thanks Irene, I will keep them in my garden! Yet, running away is the summer, already doing some work at school-soon!

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  4. What I tried to say...great poem, Linda! I love Lambs Ear and recently discovered that the blossoms , though not too colorful, make striking and long-lasting cut flowers. Great shapes.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Iza! I love those blossoms too, but have never thought to cut them. Glad you told me!

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  5. Great poem, Linda! I miss soft, cuddly plants. Everything in my yard has harsh thorns or pokeys. Ouch! = )

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    1. Thanks Bridget-yes, I imagine that your area is full of prickly plants, but they're beautiful!

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  6. I love this parody of Mary Had a Little Lamb. I love to touch these plants and feel their soft leaves. We don't have them around here, though, so I'll have to look at your picture and imagine.

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    1. They are so, so soft, aren't they? I'm at least happy you know what I mean, Margaret. Thank you!

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  7. Great fun, Linda! Makes me want to go out and pet and plant some lambs ears (I think those in my garden died back in the very dry summer we had several years ago, and I never replaced them.)

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    1. They do well in drought, but even then need some water. Thanks, Buffy.

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  8. Funny that I've never thought of writing poems about things I love learning about. What a beautiful idea. Very nice, Linda.

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    1. Thanks, Monica. Perhaps this will inspire something new for you.

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  9. Lamb's Ear leaves are so inviting to pet. I like the way you captured this aspect of the plant. I love the idea of plant poems!

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    1. Thank you. Happy you enjoyed the idea of petting, Joyce!

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  10. Linda, what a delightful poem about such a soft and fuzzy plant. This makes me want to go to the nursery to purchase this plant for my garden. Do these plants need full sun?

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    1. Yes, they will like it hot and tolerate dryness, too, Carol. They really fill in well in those spaces like that. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. What a sweet poem, Linda-- perfect for children to learn and appreciate the world around them. I could definitely see this in some kind of collection or themed-anthology. This summer has been starved of writing for me as well. I'm hoping I can get back to some kind of writing routine soon, because it seems to get harder the longer I'm away!

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    1. Although I'll be going back to work soon, it will be a routine, and helpful for the writing. Thank you for the comment, helps to keep going.

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  12. Hard to believe it's August! We have been doing training for two weeks-- I'm looking forward to being back with kids.

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    1. Yes, the kids are what matters, aren't they, Carol. Two weeks of training is a lot!

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  13. One of my favorite plants. I love the connection to Mary.

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  14. You're so clever! Love your whimsical poem.

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  15. Soooo delightful! And fun, fun, fun. Thanks for sharing, and may you have plenty of warm fuzzy days to round out your summer...

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    1. I hope I do, Robyn. There are a few days left! Thank you!

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  16. What a gorgeous photo capture - it does look like lamb's ears! Green ones! :) I'm so glad to note that you're enjoying your time away traveling. :) Always a wonderful thing. Enjoyed this poem, dear Linda. I really look forward to seeing your published poetry book soon. :)

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