Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Common Toadflax ~ A Botanical Wordlist

This is the Wednesday where we all Get Listed in The Imaginary Garden. Our guest contributor is De Jackson of Whimsy Gizmo and she has compiled this exciting list of words from The Book of Wild Flowers (National Geographic Society, published 1924)

Colour Plate: The Book of Wild Flowers


sketch
screen
 
march
 
snowberry
 
elder
 
tawny
 
bergamot
 
meadow
 
ivy
stout-stemmed
 
cluster
 
zigzag
 
shunning
 
shallow
 
thorns
 
sapling
 
leave
twisted
 
indigo
 
adaptations
 


Colour Plate: The Book of Wild Flowers



In addition, De has provided several phrases from the same source as further fodder for our pens.

sight-seeing in a daisy 
the silent roar of the vast
 
stealing the sun
 
the story of the grasses
a strong, bent contrivance
 
flowers that will not wait for the snow
 
employ the wind
 


Colour Plate: The Book of Wild Flowers


Please make your selection from the words given. Feel free to play around with them - any derivation or meaning is permissible. The number of words you choose is not set, but any poem that is linked to this prompt must contain at least one of the words provided.

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16 comments:

Kim Nelson said...

This is my kind of post! So glad to be home after a week on the other side of this vast country. And now I get to play with pen and the botanical. Life is good!

aprille said...

Toads, this has cheered up soooo much.
Thank you.
@kerry
I haven't had the courage to open your reply yet, expecting the wind in my face :-)
Hope I am not totally persona non grata.

hedgewitch said...

This is a great list, De. I'm not writing atm, but there are some great inspirations here for those who are. Excellent challenge.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Never fear, Aprille. Your feedback was appreciated.

Margaret said...

This makes me long for sun and heat ... remind me not to complain come summer!

Ella said...

oooh, this should sow some lovely poems! I love flowers and this challenge~
:D

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful colour images such as these cannot help but inspire poets, and there are some wonderful words in the list, too. An interesting challenge, De. Thanks!
K

Grace said...

Thank you for word challenge De ~

Happy Wednesday to everyone ~

Emma Major said...

hi De, I've loved this challenge. I've used one of.the images, all the words (I think) and one of the.phrases. oh and the subject are my gorgeous saplings :)

lapis said...

Awesome word lists. Very inspirational. Thanks girl. I had lots of fun playing with them. :)

Marian said...

i love this list. am distracted and unable to cope, but i am SO responding to this, late. i promise! xo

girlwiththepen1118 said...

“A Sketch of Holiness”


Did you see indigo glory puncture
The sky, dropping daisy petals
over praying stout-stemmed heads
of glory-heavy wheat-fields?

Each blanched glitterati rupture
Shown the face of God staring beauty
Through the eyes of March
While I, a sapling psalm, kneeled.

sharplittlepencil.com said...

Wow, a chance to comment (!) on the snows of Wisconsin! Thanks, De, for also making this challenge your post for today on your own blog. I linked Whimsygizmo up in my post.

Loved the list. The poem loved it too; it seemed to devour all but three words! Thanks, honey. Amy

Susie Clevenger said...

Such a beautiful post and inspiration. I struggled with this one...family drama is never helpful when trying to create.

De said...

Goodness, gang!
I am absolutely DELIGHTED at where this list took you all. I've just been around to read everybody, and I can't thank you enough for your gorgeous words. So many different directions, and such beautiful phrasing. You all ROCK!

Many thanks to Kerry for adding the visuals to this post. I do own the book (picked up for an outlandish $4 at a Goodwill bookstore), but wasn't sure how this list hosting thing worked, and neglected to offer to take any photos or scan anything. She's a resourceful one, and I'm thankful. :)

The book is just full of stunning language, and I'm so pleased some of it has inspired such wonderful writers. Thank you.

de
whimsygizmo.wordpress.com

Karen said...

As my old dad would say, I'm a day late and a dollar short! Sorry about that!