Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wisteria

©  Kim Nelson

She grows in the infertile ground of dysfunction,
a caged canary singing of freedom she doesn’t possess.

Her beauty blossoms among thorns of jealousy
scratching their bitter poison into listening ears.

Wisteria’s spirit is not pruned by discord.
It spirals upward from a kind heart in expressions of joy.

She is an optimist seeing beyond the bleak walls
of her environment into the blue skies of her escape.



©Susie Clevenger 2013
 At Real Toads Kim Nelson has generously offered
her beautiful paintings as inspiration for our writing.
If you would like to see more of her work, you can 
find it at her etsy shop, Kim Nelson Creations

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Also shared with dVerse Poets Pub's theme, "growing up."

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24 comments:

Mary said...

I like the way you gave Wisteria a story, how she rose from dysfunction to success with her optimistic outlook.

Laurie Kolp said...

Wisteria... how very brilliant, Susie.

hedgewitch said...

I love 'the blue skies of her escape.' Wisteria is a surprisingly tough plant under the delicate grape-cluster blooms, too.

Brian Miller said...

i am glad she is able to make it out...or has that hope...reminds me a bit of the kids i used to counsel...growing up in a tough environment....its good to see when they do make it...smiels.

Helen said...

Climbing wisteria (with good support) is so strong .. and beautiful. I foresee good things in her future. I enjoyed this.

Ginny Brannan said...

To have beauty emerge out of infertility and dysfunction takes strong roots and determined vision indeed. Nice capture, Susie.

awakenedwords said...

very nice, i really like the sound in S2, the interplay of o,l and s.

stuartmcpherson.com said...

great poem Susie, and a sad one. Not a pleasant feeling for a child to be so trapped, so surrounded by dysfunction...but in this, (her optimism) there is always hope, and there IS, always hope.

Ellecee said...

I like "Wisteria’s spirit is not pruned by discord." It would be wonderful if some of us were not "pruned" also. You've created a poignant image here.

Semaphore said...

An amazing naturalistic poem, and also a subtle metaphor for growth amidst adversity, of the triumph over circumstance.

Gretchen Leary said...

"Infertile ground of dysfunction" - Brilliant line there. Loved this poem. It's like a new spin on what I expect with personification :)

Loredana Donovan said...

So beautiful, the endurance of the human spirit through hardship ... wisteria, a lovely metaphor to describe it

Tatius T. Darksong said...

Seeing beyond the bleak walls to a better life sounds good.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love your unique take on the painting - the "infertile ground of dysfunction" - so accurate - love her buoyant spirit, which ignores all the naysayers and keeps pointed upwards.

Kim Nelson said...

Wisteria and I... and perhaps you, too... have a lot in common. Well wrought, Susie!

Claudia said...

It spirals upward from a kind heart in expressions of joy....love the personification... i have one in my garden that joyfully grows and grows, covering our first floor balcony with her beauty..

Poet Laundry said...

'a caged canary singing of freedom she doesn’t possess'...oh that one struck a note. A wonderful write...a perfect pairing. Beautifully done!

James Rainsford said...

Evocative and deeply moving Susie. I love this line: "Wisteria’s spirit is not pruned by discord."
Simply magical.

Natasha Head said...

Susie...you've penned a poem as expressive and compelling as the fantastic painting. Too many favorites in this one to mention without just copying and pasting the entire poem back to you...fantastic writing...loving the strength and voice of your work...go Poet!

Ella said...

Wow, I love your poem and how you offered rooted hope ;D
Gorgeous~

Kerry O'Connor said...

How wonderful to read of a positive spirit which thrives despite life's setbacks.

rumoursofrhyme said...

This is the essence of poetry right here; seeing things differently. This is a really good response to the various prompts - but it's one that would have completely evaded me!

Hannah said...

Poignant characterization of this work, Susie!!

I love this:

"Wisteria’s spirit is not pruned by discord.
It spirals upward from a kind heart in expressions of joy."

Gorgeous!

Susie Swanson said...

I love this so much.. You are definitely a gifted poet in every way.. I love your poems.