Light as down, you floated a while,
gradually fading, your smile
a mere flicker. Your papery hands
slipped through my fingers.
Your breath dropped like wind
and I, your thistle seed, caught here
in earth’s embrace, watched as winter
blasted you out of the atmosphere.
Kim M. Russell, 2018
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Photography by Sharon Knight, also shared on Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform
This Tuesday, Mish has introduced us to the photography of Sharon Knight, who captures the subtle beauty of the Midwest with her rural scenes. Not only has Sharon kindly given us permission to borrow her images at sunearthsky.com but she has also given Mish a short interview, in which I discovered that we both love the paintings of Andrew Wyeth.
Our mission today is to choose any photo from Sharon Knight’s blog, Sunearthsky – Meditations from the Midwest, and let it take us in any direction: a descriptive poem of nature or an expression of emotion that arises from the image. We must just remember to include an image credit for her photo.
As I know very little about the American Midwest, I found the photos both enlightening and enthralling, and it was hard to choose one as inspiration for a poem. However, the Winter Thistle reminded me of my mother, who died a year ago today.