Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Seasonal Allergy




Holly and ivy
bundles of mistletoe

pine boughs
and poinsettias

all the flora
of the season

swallows
me in a jungle

flush with longing
a Christmas

concoction
gathered bouquet

of raw seasonal
itch I break out

in angelic rash
polka dots of love




tk/December 2011


Listen to R.A.D. Stainforth's lovely reading:
Image by Lee Friedlander

57 comments:

  1. nyc
    also visit my blog for my poetries http://princkhanepoetry.blogspot.com/ also tell me ur fvt

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  2. achooo poor you

    curious photo

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  3. "angelic rash"!!!!! hoooooo boy tess . . . . .. sign me up!!! steven

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  4. Aww... this is a fresh take on the picture... very delightful!

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  5. Indeed, after I made our centerpiece of spruce and holly and unidentified growing objects I was so itchy I could hardly stand myself.

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  6. May your Christmas be everything you need it to be, my friend...with just the right amount of itching and scratching, and hugs and kisses...loved this one! I, too, will be smiling all day :-)

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  7. Luckily I'm only allergic to Tax collectors, angry husbands, and teetotallers!

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  8. No elf then ...

    Great poem Tess --

    Happy holidays Isabel x

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  9. Perfect evocation of the season and an unexpected take on the image.

    Love your ". . . bouquet / of raw seasonal itch I break out / in angelic rash polka dots of love" .

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  10. now that is just about the cutest Christmas poem I have ever read...

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  11. they've got a medicine for that....

    Merry Christmas!

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  12. polka dots of love! Great line!
    Merry Christmas and thanks for the gift of Maglie Tales!

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  13. I like polka dots of love! ;-)

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  14. Thank you, Tess. This may be just what I needed this morning. Bless you.

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  15. Tess,
    Great pic choice! Lee must have given lots of thought to create this picture, what with the shadow and all. Beautiful verse!

    Hank

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  16. A Christmas Concoction... ha, what we do for the perfect decor, perfect setting. Loved it!

    I hope a bit of the resplendent manor will be photographed this Christmas for us to enjoy! :)

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  17. Love where you took the photograph ... always an education for Magpie followers, I have learned much about Mr. Friedlander. He did like using shadows in his photography!

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  18. I hope the polka dots spread.

    Love the newspaper idea!

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  19. Awe, sorry ... hope you feel better soon ... {sniff}. :)

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  20. I'm happy to enjoy the jungle without the polka-dots.... Thank you very much.
    rel

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  21. You could count the dots, ink ex them out to avoid a miscount, and know how many dots it takes to fill the Holy Day.

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  22. Take care, Tess. All the best of the season to you, after you're finished with the worst of it.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  23. Penicilin would probably clear this up.

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  24. Thanks for the interesting photo prompt, Tess. I never read the other posts until mine is done, always anticipating the varying interpretations. This one totally amuses me. I saw something completely different. Love divergent thought!

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  25. holiday season is like a jungle

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  26. angelic rash and polka dots of love..we should all have this allergy...nice work

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  27. You did with this image what no one else would do, that's for sure! This amazed me! (great reading, too)

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  28. After exposure we are glad when it is done- but it's good to let our 'kid' have their fun!

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  29. You have certainly covered it all Tess :-) Love it!

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  30. Love your closing line! HATE allergies. :)

    ~Shawna
    (rosemarymint.wordpress.com)

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  31. Me too...don't touch the holly..pass the tissues, please!

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  32. Hope you polka dots clear up in time for a visit from the bearded fellow!

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  33. polka dots of love - a quaint and charming phrase! Love this one.

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  34. The more I read this the more I liked it. More than a touch of Sylvia Plath, I think...

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  35. Love your "seasonal itch"! Thank you for this one.

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  36. This is alegra for the poet's soul....love it Tess!!! :-)

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  37. Aha! Allergic predisposition, hence the protective clothing! Have a great Christmas, Tess!

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  38. This is no allergy, Tess, it's a poetic reaction. Love it.

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  39. Polka dot rashes of love back atcha!
    PEACE!

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  40. 'tis the season to be .... oopsie! ;-)

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  41. Dear Tess: Poor dear; lot of flu going around...chicken soup for the soul as definitely your words and pictures so profound are just that! (remembers a Xmas with the measles! no fun!)get thee to a dr if a fever persists! Merry Christmas!

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  42. lol! I actually sneezed on the last reading line!

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  43. nice!

    Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

    JJRod'z

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  44. Thank you, gentle readers. It's always pure pleasure to share my stuff. You're the best, you really are. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours...<3

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  45. an itch and seeing polka dots?

    2 pills, and visit your nearest vagabond ee-meed-ee-ate-lee!

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  46. I was itching to read this one ... Christmas will never be the same again ... how you string these simple words together so powerfully mystifies me ... and compliments of the season to you and all your gentle readers ...

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  47. R.A.D., you take my words to a lovely plain. I'm looking forward to more of our creative collaboration in 2011! Thank you!

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  48. which is precisely why though I yearn for a real tree and the experience of obtaining one...my experiences of polka dots tell me not!

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  49. Dear Tess and everyone,
    Merry merry Christmas!

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  50. So nice. I like this a lot!
    Merry!

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