Friday, April 11, 2014

Wonderful is Wisteria

For Transforming Friday, at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, today's prompt is from Hannah, who tells us of the amazing wisteria vine, which bears beautiful blossoms for hundreds of years. Therefore, it is symbolic of longevity and immortality, especially in Japan where it seems to bloom forever.

I am
wistful when I think
wisteria lives so long
Flowering Wisteria sinensis
or Chinese Wisteria
(from Wikipedia)
and why, therefore, not I?
it is prettier by far
and loved by one and all,
but why, wherefore, not I?

I am
grateful when I think
wisteria lives at all,
that such beauty exists
in our modern world,
its lilac-coloured flowers
reminding us of eternity.

I am
happy when I think
of many generations
sharing stories of kisses
beneath the flowering vine,
half an acre of blossoms
reminding us all of love.

Kay Davies, April, 2014                                          


Mama Zen said...

This is so pretty, Kay!

Hannah said...

Oh, Kay...I love the form that this took...and that you set apart "I am" feels significant. This poem is so graceful, Kay...thank you so much!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Your thoughts on the beautiful wisteria are conveyed with a delicate touch in this piece, Kay.

Friko said...

Your words are as beautiful as the wisteria.

If we lived as long as the wisteria, we would not be half as pretty at the end. So perhaps it’s better that we pack as much of its appeal into our shorter span of live as we can.

Margaret said...

Kisses and love… a few of us keyed into that theme. It's easy to understand why - Your words flow beautifully here!

Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful Kay...we wrote on a similar theme...I too wonder how the wisteria can thrive far beyond our weak bones...

Sumana Roy said...

this is beautiful..

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hedgewitch said...

As MZ says--you make this as pretty as the flower, and add the human wistfulness in.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love how you shape your poetry.