PF: More Poems of Presence

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Here are a few more poems from my responses to the ongoing “Poems in Presence” challenge. I’ve been so thankful to combine this prompt with photography as a positive focus in recent weeks.

plumm blossoms (1)

Day by Day

Yesterday
the plum tree
blossomed

Today
I watch
the sun rise
through its petals

©M. Hogan, 2020

Untitled
newborn leaves
cradle lambent pools of light
radiant morning

©M.Hogan, 2020

lady's mantle

Lady’s mantle
makes her spring debut
adorned
with a dewdrop diadem

©M.Hogan, 2020

thrush

Some days
worry and grief
settle in
before my eyes
are even open.

Thankful
for the lingering visit
of a hermit thrush

©M. Hogan, 2002

This week the Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Carol Varsalona at her blog. She is sharing some of the wonderful poems she’s collected at her Nature Nurtures Gallery and also an original poem to Mother Nature.

35 thoughts on “PF: More Poems of Presence

  1. margaretsmn says:

    Your image poems of presence bring such a peaceful, calm presence with nature. Love the plum tree branch and the simple thought of watching the sun rise through its petals. Have you ever thought of making notecards with your image poetry?

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Margaret. I have made notecards in a very low-level amateur way but mostly just with images, not the image poetry. I think it would take some financial investment to do it well, and I’m not sure there’s much of a stationary market these days.

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      • margaretsmn says:

        I’ve done some inexpensive bunches on vistaprint to send out to friends. That is what I was thinking about. Making multiples for selling I don’t think is very profitable.

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  2. katswhiskers says:

    More delicate beauties, Molly. Thank-you for taking the time to write and share them – so beautifully paired with your photography. I thought of you (and your newborn leaves) when I saw this pic on instagram; https://www.instagram.com/p/CAdp9elF-6y.

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  3. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, each time I see a new one of your nature photos, I realize that your talent is growing in beauty through your focused lens. I especially like the central focal point and the blurring background in some of your photos and am glad that you sent me another image poem for the gallery.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thank you so much, Carol! Your ongoing galleries are such a gift to so many! (I just have a hard time organizing myself to submit but I always appreciate the invitation to do so!)

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  4. Sally Murphy says:

    Molly these are truly beautiful. The dewdrop diadem is especially clever wordchoice. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. janicescully says:

    Your photos are breathtaking! So much gorgeous detail on pause for us to see–plum blossoms, dew drops, the thrush.

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  6. Linda Mitchell says:

    The thing about your poetry and image combinations is that I feel myself physically relax, actually put my heart down to simply enjoy. You have captured true mindfulness in each of these. And, the rich language…I feel like I’m finding coins on the street…lucky, lucky me!

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  7. lindabaie says:

    I’ve loved each one as you’ve shared, Molly, breath-taking photos plus beautiful and thoughtful reflections. Your final one shows what many of us feel. Nature holds us steady! Thanks!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your presence poems, Molly. The hermit thrush poem and photo is amazing. 🙂

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  9. Your presence poems and photos are calm, delicate and full of beauty. Thank you so much for sharing. I like them all, but especially the sun behind the plum blossoms, and the lady’s mantle.

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  10. Beautiful as always, Molly. You have such a talent marrying words and images. Thanks for putting you plum blossoms poem on the padlet—I especially love that one!

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  11. Thank heaven for the hermit thrush. And thanks for sending a huge pileated woodpecker to do his darnedst to bring down an old pine hit by lightning 15 years ago. A Baltimore Oriole and a Scarlet Tanager came for the first time in years. Keep sending your beautiful birds south.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Lucky you to have a scarlet tanager! We had one visit briefly last year and my eyes are peeled this year. The orioles have been here, but sadly aren’t lingering. Fleeting visits are better than none tough…

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  12. Heidi Mordhorst says:

    Molly, it’s quite wonderful to see each of these with its photo–both delicate in detail and powerful in impact. I like Margaret’s idea of note cards…

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  13. I so look forward to your images and words, Molly. They are a beacon of light and hope every day. That Lady’s Mantle shot is stunning. Notecards, please!!!!

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  14. Oh, that dewdrop diadem! Stunning!

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  15. haitiruth says:

    I love all your poems, especially the last one. That’s exactly how feel, except with different birds! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  16. Beautiful tastes of Spring Molly! I especially like your ” dewdrop diadem,” and “lambent pools of light–and stunning images to go with your poetry. Glad the birds fly away with some of your worries, thanks.

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  17. maryleehahn says:

    I loved all of these on Twitter…I can’t even pick a favorite! Your word choice, your photography…all of it. Just all of it.

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  18. Tabatha says:

    I especially like “Day by Day” — lovely! Your photos are amazing as always.

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  19. lorraineanne says:

    stunning photos!
    thank you for sharing.
    If you get a chance, please check out my music/art blog.
    https://thehighsnlows.com/photo-gallery/

    it would mean a lot!

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