Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sunday stanza form for Toads and friends

This weekend at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Kerry's Sunday mini-challenge is for us to use the stanza form employed by 1930s poet Louis MacNeice in his work The Sunlight on the Garden.

Kerry included lovely photos by three talented Toads members, Kenia Cris, Ellen Wilson and Susie Clevenger, for our inspiration.

It wasn't until I looked at Ella's photo along with Susie's that I felt able to respond to this challenge. This stanza form, which had defeated me during previous attempts Saturday evening, seemed very much suited to the two photos together.

© Ellen Wilson
This is by no means a perfect representation of the form, but Kerry did invite us to make free with it, within reason, so I offer you my approximation of the MacNeice stanza.

© Susie Clevenger

the old key for the red door
unlocks hearts, they say,
when lovers kiss with open
minds, hoping for the day
on which they may
pledge their troth forevermore 


Susan said...

I see what you mean by the two photos sparking an approach to the form! And then the red door is alive--so is the key--in seductive, pre-marital symbology. Well done!

aprille said...

There you go.... it all flowed out beautifully [and romantically] after all.

Fireblossom said...

kissing with open minds....I must have gotten it wrong up til now, cos I thought...

Oh never mind! :-P

Marian said...

gosh, is there a more romantic word in the english language than troth? love this, kay.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is just lovely to read, Kay. the flow is impeccable, and your combination of pics fits the whole post so well.

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Fireblossom — Now don't go knocking open minds, Shay. Lots of lovely people have open minds, whether kissing or not. :o)

Margaret said...

The photography for this prompt is some of the best EVER presented on Toad's. I fell in LOVE with all three. Wow. And this poem does them justice. It teaches us to put down the pen and go to bed and it will all be right in the morning! :)

Susie Clevenger said...

This is beautiful Kay. How creative to combine both photos. I bow to your talent. :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Love the key and red door juxtaposition. I, too, love the word "troth".

kkkkaty said...

Wonderful use of the form.

Hannah said...

I love that you brought all three together, Kay!! Such a lovely response to this challenge!!!