Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Dance of Trees


Albert Pinkham Ryder
 Siegfried und die Rheintöchter


You arrive when summoned
by softly singing winds;
fluted pipes
calling each by name.
In the pink-orange of dusky ballroom,
branches bend
in timorous supplication
dance card noted.
You whisper each name.
Breezes defy
but dryads hold tight
to sap and leaf
and carry the message
of undulating earth.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012 

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56 comments:

  1. Lovely mystical words and picture (including the header) ~

    I like the undulating earth ~

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  2. Lovely imagery Audrey. Really lovely.

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  3. smiles...love all your natural elements in this...the dance...this is what i see when i go outside...the calling of each by name is a great touch too...see you in a bit for openlinknight!

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  4. All the elements are at play and you bring them forth wonderfully in your verse today, nice!

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  5. How classy is this?! Gorgeously woven love, a really wonderful read :) xoxo

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  6. This beautiful and vivid scene is easy to imagine through your delightful verse. I loved the reference to the dance card. My Grandmother in England shared with me how that whole process worked and was proud to exclaim that her dance card was always full! 'Fluted pipes,' 'pink-orange of dusky ballroom,' so many gorgeous displays of bliss!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I loved writing this--and i am glad that you enjoyed it--

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  7. so is this about an impending earthquake?

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    1. No--but I do see how you could go there with the undulating earth thing--more--just the dances of trees in the wind

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  8. I just love this:

    In the pink-orange of dusky ballroom,
    branches bend
    in timorous supplication
    dance card noted.

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  9. Audrey, love the language here. Dryads, undulating, timorous supplication- such a good piece. Thanks

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    1. Thanks Fred--if you read this--I tried to sign up for email notification of new posts to your blog and couldn't see where to do that--help?

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  10. Audrey, this is a beautiful write! :)

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  11. This is a really beautiful poem... like a softly singing wind. :)

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    1. Thank you for the read and comments Rachel! Greatly appreciated!

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  12. I really love this, I felt the earth, its call... beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! I wrote this piece watching the wind in the trees at my brother-in-law's house up in Oregon--

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  13. Your love of the earth and its spirits is so enticing. I am glad that Spring is almost here so that I can go dance too!

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    1. Ah! You must be a Spring lover! Thank you for the visit Charles!

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  14. You do the dance of nature well here--I can hear the pipes and that throaty chuckle that dryads always have.

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    1. Yes, I think dryads do have a throaty chuckle!! Thank you!

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  15. nice...when trees start to dance i guess, spring is near and the earth starts moving and swinging...nicely penned...i'll just dance and hum along..

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    1. And I could see you dancing along!! Thank you Claudia!

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  16. "Undulating earth" is the perfect phrase. Your reference to dance cards - wonder how many young folks know what they are?

    Trees not dancing in Wisconsin, but hearts are open. Will be doing our own dances once the weather warms. Also, loved the artwork, very meditative and soothing. Peace, Audrey, Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/03/06/rich-men-suck-dverse/

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    1. Thank you Amy! We are fully feeling spring here in the Bay Area--

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  17. So perfect for the arrival of spring.Great write.

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    1. Thank you so much James. I greatly appreciate your read and comments!

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  18. This is a beautiful poem...the dance and beauty of spring has begun here in Texas

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    1. Started here as well--(Bay Area)--Thank you so much for the read and comments--and I really enjoyed your piece as well!

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  19. lovely depcition of the lyrical beauty of mother nature.

    first four lines really sing. nicely done --- C.

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  20. :) this was one of those poems I had to re-read a few times as I dug deeper into the meaning! I placed myself in the beauty of Spring for some reasons as peace filled my mind:)

    Great poem!

    ~L

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    1. Thank you so much ~L--I am glad that you enjoyed it!

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  21. Spring is so alive and full of promise. Such beautiful images.

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    1. i think it is always the promise of things that makes me feel so alive--Thank you!

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  22. wonderful blooming imagery felt within your words, lovely! ~ Rose

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  23. Yay for dryads and undulating earth. And fluted pipes!! And trees with dance cards, love that line.

    And that "poetry is alive and well" makes my heart sing, Audrey. And how awesome we get to share it here on the Net!

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  24. ohhh i ove this...
    "In the pink-orange of dusky ballroom,
    branches bend"

    I can see them brushing and dancing across the colorful sky! just beautiful!!!

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  25. Great poem with perfect ending.

    not sure my wordpress comment went through. repeating in google.
    http://poemblaze.wordpress.com

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  26. Undulating Earth? Are you kidding?
    That was a PERFECT description in a magical poem! :)

    thanks Mosk

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    1. Thank you Mosk! I take it that you have no trouble with the undulating earth---

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  27. The perfect pastoral poem. Heralding 'spring' I hope.

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    1. I could use a bit of spring right about now--It has been raining steadily for a couple of days--

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