Friday, February 14, 2014

Margaret introduces Toril Fisher

Close-up of spun
case of caddisfly larva.
BC, Canada
Wikipedia photo
In the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, anything can happen. If we can imagine it, it is apt to show up in the Garden. Actual toads, perhaps, might welcome the critter I have chosen for today's poem, although it is usually considered fish food.

I remember my father telling us about this creature when we were youngsters learning how to fish in the streams of British Columbia.

Kalidescope Creek (sic)
by Toril Fisher
a simple caddisfly am I
and in this stream
I live and die
but in between
my birth and death
I work to keep
the stream alive
if such as I
in streams are seen
you’ll know the stream
has water clean
for feeding fish
and catching fish
the fish think we're
a tasty dish

 Kay Davies, Feburary 14, 2014

At the Imaginary Garden today, Margaret's series Artistic Interpretations brings us artist Toril Fisher, who has done some amazing things. I loved learning that she uses repurposed beehive lids on which to paint, emphasizing the fact that bees are dying worldwide, leaving us without pollinators so necessary to food production.
Toril's work shown at the Imaginary Garden, and others she is currently working, on will be on display and for sale at the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, WI in May, 2014.
I am also impressed that she is donating a share of the money she earns from her paintings to the Xerces Society. "From the world's rarest butterflies, (to) caddisflies that live solely in one stream, to declining bumble bee populations, the Xerces Society is dedicated to protecting invertebrates and the ecosystems that depend on them."
Last but not least, who could fail to love an artist exhibiting in a place named "Driftless Cafe"?


Kerry O'Connor said...

Great perspective in this poem, Kay. The essential components of any ecosystem often go unremarked.

Susan said...

Like it! I little know which bugs to honor. This one has a marvelous sense of how to live and how to die.

Margaret said...

The rhythm here is really perfect as it is often the smallest and rarest of things, in this instance the Caddisfly, that give balance to nature! Well done, my friend.

Kim Nelson said...

A perfect highlighting of one small part of the circle of life! Now I want to change my large fountain into a pond!

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Your poem is perfect with this picture! Interesting learning about the caddisfly.

Vandana Sharma said...

Love it totally, the caddishfly is doing such a wonderful job

SquirrelQueen said...

Well I just learned something new, I had never heard of a caddisfly until now. Kay, your poem really explains the importance of this tiny creature.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Lovely verbal perspective. The artwork looks like stained glass panel. Very beautiful and well honoured. YAM xx

hedgewitch said...

A neatly packaged lesson on the interconnectedness of the natural world, Kay, very fitting to the picture and the prompt. It is a complex web, this world, and everything in it matters.

Mama Zen said...

Marvelous, Kay!

Grace said...

I like your perspective Kay ~ Hope you are enjoying the long weekend ~

Sam Edge Author said...

I like the it of view here also the I love the complex rhyme structure.

Anonymous said...

I call my sons "bugs". So now they have a new name! :) ~

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Your poetry is heart warming.
I haven't been moved to write anything lately. It helps, I guess, to have an inspiration, like your group.
It's just I never seem to be able to write on the topic!

Just can't fit in, methinks.
Perhaps, I'll try some today.
More chest pains, after talking to my daughter about her father's will. It brings back to old angst. It will be over soon. Perhaps this is something I could write about?!
Many thanks for your kind, caring wisdom, comments and support.