The old trellis is still standing, top-heavy
with verdant honeysuckle leaves
and studded with dark pink buds.
Below the greenery, old woody
branches tangle with dusty shadows,
hunchbacked hollows of musty
undergrowth. Straining against my hands,
secateurs crack and break brittle branches,
their sharp echoes scattering birds and,
deep inside the remains of an old hydrangea,
a bowl of earth and twigs crumbles
and drops into the soil. Empty nest
full of tiny feathers,
fluff and memories.
Kim M. Russell, 2nd May 2019
My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Wordy Thursday with Wild Woman: Celebrating the Ordinary, also linked to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night
Sherry tells us that she is moved by poems that celebrate the small ordinary joys. She shares a poem, ‘Coffee with Milk’ by Natalie Goldberg, who she says is a master at writing about the ordinary ‘in a way that allows us to see the hidden depths beneath the seemingly simple words. Natalie Goldberg encourages us to celebrate the ordinary – and so does Sherry.
The prompt is to either: look around us, select small ordinary things we rarely give much thought to and include them in our poems; or write about the present moment, just as it is.