It’s a lifetime
since we rode the red bus
from Twickenham to Kew,
me and you,
and walked among the trees:
blossoms in spring and – in autumn – leaves.
We listened to the soft fret and whisper
of secrets passing
from tree to tree.
And then we met the glossy arbutus,
with her leaning trunk, twisting branches
and glossy leaves. You collected strips
of her scent
and the day
on the red bus –
the day we met the arbutus.
Kim M. Russell, 1st August 2019
Sherry is our host today with a video about Emily Carr and a selection of her major painted works. She says that Carr, a visionary Canadian artist whose paintings celebrate the wild beauty of Vancouver Island, was ahead of her time. She has also given us a brief background to the artist’s amazing life.
For this prompt, Sherry invites us to choose whichever of her paintings appeals (or choose one at Emily Carr Artworks), and write a new poem, including the title of the painting and its source. I chose Arbutus Tree, painted in 1922. The poem is a fictionalised memory of one of many visits to Kew Gardens with my daughter when she was a child.