Monday, March 29, 2010

daffodil glasses




Periscope up.
Through a sea of decay
the little unterseeboot
bobs the surface and flashes
a brilliant diving bell.
Tree, grass, root;
monochrome gray.
I had forgotten the color yellow.
Hell, forget the shades.
In the land of submarines
I need daffodil glasses.



willow, 2010


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70 comments:

  1. The flower is beautiful

    The poem is wonderful

    The flower is yellow

    The poem is mellow

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  2. Very nice. I like the idea of the sprout pushing up through the decay. The strength coming from it's determination to live. Great imagery.
    When I saw 'dafodil glasses', it made me think of the 60's. Loved the "Yellow Submarine" song from back then. I have a fond memory of two of the boys from our group walking down the street singing this song very loudly.I was fourteen at the time. Thanks for the 'old' memory : )

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  3. BTW...love your header picture. The effect is kind of...other wordly : )

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  4. Oh my! Your blog had been transformed! Lovely.
    Yellow is pretty isn't it?

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  5. Daffodils! So special in their significant symbolism, this time of year, every new stem, leaf, bud is a joy, isn't it? Thank you for sharing your perspective!

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  6. Spring comes like a shout! Love the image of needing glasses for the brilliance!

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  7. Ah, the joy of daffodils! Love your new look, Willow!

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  8. Oh, wow--the penultimate sign of spring. Lovely, and lovely accompaniment in this poem, Willow. Happy spring. Incidentally, this photo on your banner is enchanting, too.

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  9. I need Daffodil glasses too. Thankfully many, many daffodils are coming into bloom this week. It just turned cold here on Long Island, but they are holding firm onto Spring. Nice poem and wonderful photo.

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  10. So we sailed up to the sky 'till we found a sea of green...I, too, thought of the Yellow Submarine. It is a sort of an "up periscope" kind of flower, isn't it!

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  11. Love the new look! Love the gorgeous daffodil. Up, periscope!

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  12. 'Periscope up', and spring appears with yellow daffodils. Wonderful juxtaposition here, Willow. Just wonderful.

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  13. I have a vision of the world's navy's seeing daffodils whenever they look through periscopes. The poem was wonderful.

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  14. Willow

    Where to start, The header is impressive and is the shades of monochrome gray. "sea of decay
    the little unterseeboot --bobs the surface and flashes"
    Love the play on words,
    and love the use of unterseeboot.
    Clever indeed.
    Are you giving out 3-d glasses to view your blog? I just know there are things hidden beneath the surface --

    Joanny

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  15. I use "unterseeboot" quite often in my poetry. Have you submitted any of your work to contests? You could make enough to cover the postage I'm sure. No reflection on the quality of the poetry, only the payout in some contests. You should try it. Pappy

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  16. The world of dull gray winter before the green becomes green there is that submariner world where ourselves delve deeper insinuatingly into the couch and stop by at Dear Willow's for a spot of refinery. Can I guess at definition of interseeboot? Definitely Dutch! And of course, Das Boot? The submarine movie! Yes that's it, isn't it? Willow? We do all live on a Yellow Daffodil! A Yellow Daffodil! Fun!

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  17. I've never thought of a daffodil that way before, but it's exactly like a periscope... checking things out to make sure it's really safe to come out.

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  18. Nice new banner. Love that image of you.

    And oh yeah, daffodil vision. I'd like to see the world through that lens!

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  19. This excited me! A poem of triumph!

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  20. You've done it again! This captures the essence of life--new birth following death. What a talent you are. Love the photo. The yellow is so beautiful.

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  21. I'd never come across 'unterseeboot' before. You are such a fount of knowledge, willow.

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  22. Thanks for putting daffodil glasses on all of us. Love the new header photo

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  23. I LOVE your new header. It is just you, mysterious and lovely. Thank you for that delightful photo of that buttery dafodil!

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  24. Wonderful image, Willow. Although, I think it's your poem that has given me the glasses I need to see daffodils in a completely different way.

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  25. I think we all forget yellow every winter and then it surprises us again. Lovely to be back - and thank you so much for your commiserations about my back.

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  26. love it, willow! you made me smile! i'm going to listen to coldplay's yellow now!

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  27. I do have some of these out in bloom.

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  28. Oh, gosh. Daffodil glasses, indeed! How wonderful!

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  29. I can hear John singing this..is this the lost stanza of Yellow Submarine? Love it!

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  30. Lovely daffodil but oh dear, you've gone back to dark again and it hurts my eyes to read it now.
    Blessings, Star

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  31. What fun! I loved the poem and your new look. Aren't daffodils the greatest?

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  32. Willow...thanks for stopping by Farmhouse and leaving the kind words..it means alot to me....

    you're THE BEST !

    sending love,
    kary

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  33. What a awe inspiring poem. You have a magnificent way with words!!! (Love the accompanying picture!)
    Lindsey Petersen

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  34. love the idea of daffodil glasses - a spring version of rose colored lenses :)

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  35. Mine were up and very enjoyable for a few days...then came that snow the other morning!

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  36. Love the juxtaposition of gray with ultra yellow.

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  37. Thanks for the visit Willow.I like your poem! Daffodils would have to be one of the most delightful aspects of Spring. As you approach Spring our Autumn here in South Australia is beginning.Some mornings there is the slightest hint of crispness in the air.

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  38. What fun and a wonderful image
    daffodil glasses!
    nice new look

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  39. This is way too cute. Daffodil glasses... how clever is that!!!
    Great creativity! Love it!
    :) The Bach

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  40. In the land of submarines" hmm...intriguing and thought provoking that. Like it. Daffodil lenses are surely what many of us need. I just saw some today in fact and though , ahhhh, how lovely.

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  41. Love the ending. You just keep getting better and better.

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  42. As they used to say, 'neat-o' when something was good.

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  43. That is delightful, very clever, imaginative and quite magical. The three do not often sit happily together, but they do here. You should be very proud of it. I'm trying to think of an adjective to do it justice... there isn't one.

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  44. Oh I think I need some too.
    Well done Willow.

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  45. 'unterseeboot'.. good word.Daffodil glasses are a great concept as well.Shades of 'I am the Walrus'Do I detect a scent of the surreal here?

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  46. So few words and yet each one said what you wanted.
    I think I like the line.. 'through a sea of decay best' because for me a gardener, thats what plants do they thrust through to show their beauty.

    Christine

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  47. I had never heard the word "unterseeboot" before either but saying it aloud brings up the meaning quite clearly. Incidentally, I wrote my Magpie Tale piece before I read yours but several people appear to be on the same theme.

    And I LOVE the header photo!

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  48. Perfection!

    I have been missing my visits to Willow Manor. I officially retire in May, so keep food in the frig.

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  49. Aren't the new templates super! We picked the same one! A few bugs yet though...♥a

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  50. Daffodil Glasses! Great. Beautiful photo.

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  51. I vote for daffodil glasses! Love the periscope. Great play on words.

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  52. I need a pair of those daffodil glasses, too.

    (Love the look of the blog, Willow!)

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  53. ooooh, Willow, you are onto the submarines with daffodil too!

    Why not daffodil glasses! These flowers are so bright we need to wear shades, trite but true:)

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  54. perfect visions of daffodils bring to spring.

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  55. daffodil glasses! a wonderful poem!

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  56. Yes, so like a periscope! And from that one observation a poem flows...

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  57. 'I had forgotten the colour yellow' That's so simle but evokes everything opposite. I sense that the northern hemisphere is waking from a long dark hard winter. Enjoy your spring as we head in the other direction.

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  58. Hmmmmm, are Daffodil glasses way better than ROSE colored glasses.

    Funny how a single flower has prompted so many of us to see so many things.

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  59. Willow,
    I love the way ou see the world, but even more: the way you express in words what you see!
    rel

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  60. I had so much fun writing this little piece. Thanks, everybody, for you kind comments. You're the best. I love you. xx

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  61. what a fun magpie willow...my TT post was originally written for magpie before i took y much needed break. have linked up there as well...thanks for inviting me back at the late hour. thanks for the smiles.

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