PF: Two short poems

Every week, Margaret Simon of Reflections on the Teche, shares a photo prompt and invites others to write a short poetic response. This week she shared two photos of butterweed flowers and some background information about them. She also mentioned that her husband mows around these flowers in their yard, because he knows she likes them. That inspired my response:

Photo by Margaret Simon

Outside the window,
spring dawns with jaunty blossoms.
Her spirits rise.
He mows around each cluster,
a gesture sweet as a kiss.

©Molly Hogan

I also was inspired by this morning’s lovely sky — variegated clouds and an almost-full moon. I only had my cell phone and it was still quite dark, so the picture I took looked a bit grainy or diffuse, more like a watercolor than a photograph. I loved the storybook illustration feel of it.

wolf moon skirts clouds
shelters in pine’s embrace
storybook morning

©Molly Hogan

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Jan Annino at her blog BookSeedStudio.

27 thoughts on “PF: Two short poems

  1. Tabatha says:

    Delightful poems, Molly! “Jaunty” is a wonderful descriptor. “Storybook morning” also.

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    Love “storybook morning”. Your photo does look like a painting. Thanks for the This Photo plug.

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  3. katswhiskers says:

    These are both lovely, Molly. You capture the everyday in unexpected ways. Loving ‘shelters in pine’s embrace’ – and that sweet gesture!

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  4. Gail Aldous says:

    Oh Molly, what an amazing photo and poem! Storybook morning is perfect for your watercolor illustration! Gee, I love every line in your haiku. Thank you for sharing because your haiku is uplifting. I like your other poem also and I left a comment about it on Margaret’s blog. Your photo and haiku would make a beautiful card or look excellent framed. Or maybe you could show your students and see what they write from it. The ideas are endless! 🙂

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  5. Mitchell Linda says:

    Wolf moon and storybook morning….what a word victory! Love it. Your pics even on a cell phone are pretty good! I do love the love note in your butterweed poem. Each of these poems is a gem for the week.

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  6. Molly, these are just wonderful! They both lighten my heart this morning.

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  7. jama says:

    Such lovely poems and photos! I hadn’t heard of butterweed before, and I’ll join others in their enthusiasm for “storybook morning.” 🙂

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  8. janicescully says:

    I also have never heard of butterweed and it’s beautiful with it’s bright yellow color. I enjoyed your poems. The haunting photo of the wolf moon that I think came across beautifully.

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  9. haitiruth says:

    Such a beautiful collection of things in this post! I can hardly believe that photo was taken on a cellphone. It is wonderful! And I love both the poems. Ruth,

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  10. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Both of these poems are lovely. I love the last line–sweet as a kiss.

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  11. Molly, I love how you incorporated the various elements of Margaret’s story into your first short poem. In your second poem I felt the gentle whisper of alliteration. These photo prompts have been served by your words. Great word ‘jaunty.’

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  12. mbhmaine says:

    adding Jan’s comment that refused to “stick” when she tried to make it:
    “Molly, hello there, poet.

    Appreciations for these sweet & storybook poems with a lovely Margaret & Molly photo collaboration!



  13. bmagee10 says:

    Both poems and your morning sky photo prove the power of poetry – few words with great impact. Thanks for sharing your poetry with us, Molly. 🙂


  14. lindabaie says:

    It’s a loving thing to mow around those flowers, for sure, Molly. I have that “Storybook moon” peeking at me this morning, no clouds today.


  15. I felt a heart-ping at the idea of saving joyful flowers some might remove, in the lawn. Both of these poems speak to me & highlight how you commune with so many aspects of nature.


  16. I love your wolf moon haiku and image, the watery feeling to it, and “storybook inside”!


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