Friday, December 23, 2011

For Real Toads: ecstatic

Laurie's word for the writers' group Imaginary Garden with Real Toads to use in a poem this week is: ecstasy. She gave three dictionary definitions for the word, including a chemical formula, for which I was unable to find a use in my poem, although I mention a chemical change near the end.
She also challenged us to write the poem in five minutes. 
Five minutes? No way.
To tell the truth, Laurie, I wrote the first four and a half lines in a couple of minutes, then got stuck for more than five minutes, so I went off to do something else.

like a prisoner in an attic
yesterday I was ecstatic
to have a window cut for me —
a window out of which to see
in winter deer who come to get
fruit from our tree, fruit frozen, yet
they eat from branches or from snow,
tall ones above, and young below;
then, in spring, the fruit, fermented,
makes waxwings appear demented:
birds seem to be in ecstasy,
in ornamental crabapple tree.


Ella said...

What a view, I'm so jealous! I love watching the animals outside. I loved the way you wrote this, I could see the magic!
I know 5 minutes...but she knew we couldn't pass up the challenge!

Happy Holidays to you n' yours :D

Laurie Kolp said...

Oh, Kay- This is fabulous. I love the picture of the birds in the tree. How lucky you are to see such a sight! Thanks for participating... writing a poem in five minutes is hard. I'm glad you did it anyway.

I hope you have a blessed holiday!

wenn said...

lovely! Merry Christmas!

Honey at 2805 said...

Great Pictures Kay!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday Season!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Lovely, poem, window, photos and setting. Windows are so wonderful! Especially when they look out on birds and deer!

Fireblossom said...

I see deer sometimes when I am at work. There are three of them.

Thank you for all the gracious comments you have left me since I became a Toad. I appreciate them!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thank you for sharing the view from your window :)

Mary said...

Interesting...I read your poem not more than five minutes after I looked out my own window and saw four deer gamboling about. No Santa's sleigh behind them though...

Hope you have a Happy Holiday.

Marian said...

so beautiful... this reminds me of a children's book author whose name i cannot put my finger on. when i remember i will come back to tell you!