Strike & I visited your home/museum last week. Tho' poetry has never really been "my thing", your words intrigued me & I managed to identify some things we share in common. Among them...
- a keen interest in Botany
- It seems finding just the right words to wrap around your thoughts was important to you - but rather difficult to do at times.
- You broke well established grammar rules (to the chagrin of editors/critics) - & frequently used dashes as opposed to more proper punctuation. Not sure when/how I started doing that, but I do it too.
- Your simple white dress reminds me of my more contemporary style - as jeans & a white shirt are among my favorite things to wear.
- Major themes of your writings include flowers/gardening & the Gospel & I sense that by closely examining & carefully considering nature, you gained a better understanding of the nature of The Creator too.
- I also relate to your enjoyment of solitude. If I don't enjoy some of it for myself each day (preferably in the morning), I feel rather cheated.
During our tour of your home, we went out on the lawn & stood near the giant old oak tree where we were given excerpts of your writings to share with the group by reading aloud. I was given...
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown,
Who ponders this tremendous scene--
This whole experiment in green,
As if it were his own!
Strike read this one...
to want to learn what's being taught
means half the battle of teaching them
has already been fought :)
Hey - this poetry stuff IS kinda fun!
Many thanks & Sincerely,
A (modern) "Contemporary"
P.S. I've enclosed some pics that Strike took while wandering thru' your lovely gardens.
That never wrote to me,--
The simple news that Nature told,
With tender majesty....
A word is dead when it is said, Some say. I say it just Begins to live That day.