Friday, September 30, 2011

Poets United and Imaginary Garden

I wanted to give  Red another try. This is also for Imaginary Garden's challenge,to write a poem
 based on Little Red Riding Hood.

Innocent outlines flushed red cheeks
breath crystallizes in air
pine needle carpet crunches
 with permafrost
onward I go
birds whisper"feaRED wolf
I scurry along,
 twigs snap in deep forest
cold air seeps
 into my bones
 a trail of breadcrumbs
 slowly disappears
birds sing their final evening song
 yet mocking bird continues
mimics many tongues
 lazy sun descends
ribbons of crimson and blood orange spread out
outlining the view
 to Grandmother’s house
I hear the stream, I'm close by
Fear washed away
Moon’s logic is rising
I feel sharp eyes watching me
I dart bird like
must hurry
Streaks of darkness blur
 my view
Flinching I turn
Nothing there
Amber moon glows 
in midnight's theater
Luna's labor a rim of fire
ignites a 
 Wolf’s revenge

© Ellen Wilson

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Poets United

Think Tank Thursday at Poets United chose the color red for prompt #68.  When I think of red, I think of passion, love, roses, apples, and Dorothy's red shoes.  I bought a pomegranate yesterday and love to use the tangy seeds in my salad or guacamole. They are tart n' sweet and add a lot of health benefits. They remind me of little jewels. When I was at check out, the bag boy told me, these grew in his neighborhood when he was little. I told him about the health benefits. He said, it must be true, everyone on the street ate them and they were all over ninety yrs old.

This fruit represents many things to different cultures.

Catherine of Aragon chose the pomegranate as her badge, and it became accepted into English heraldry when she married Henry VIII in 1509. The heraldic meanings of the pomegranate go back to the myth of Persephone, representing the persistence of life, fertility, and regeneration.


Seduced by ripe, exotic garnet apple
Persephone ruled by Fates
Barren 2 seasons for 6 seeds
Coat of arms compromised
Rank in Eden questioned
Where is Earth’s balance
Embedded in arils of bliss
Questions arise  
 613 seeds passed to Moses
Fruit formed Solomon’s crown
Coins in Sid display this jewel
Hera’s beauty in question
Orion’s destiny in darkness
Baby Mary holds future
Our Earth forever tinged red