July can be a heady month; pollen still strong, the sun burgeoning. So far, this July has been a little damp and cooler than expected, but as a hay fever sufferer, I’m not complaining at all! I’ve been busy observing nature and scribbling fragments of summer micropoetry, hoping the words will make sense when I bring them home.
Luckily, some have proved pliable enough to shape into a series of micropoems, which I have shared below.
‘Flower Heads’ was inspired by a collection of tiny white flowers on my lawn. They sprang up under my feet as I took an evening walk on the grass and caught my attention with their starry perfection. I wrote ‘Scarlet Madam’ after my husband pointed out an unusually coloured butterfly landing on a flower. The colours reminded me of Moulin Rouge! Further research revealed that the creature is actually a moth, but I’ve stuck to my original, pure thought . . .
‘The Calf and his Shadow’ is an interesting one. My husband and I often wander up the road to look at the calves and cows in the field. It’s fun to compare their personalities, their varying colours and witness their curiosity. One evening, we spotted a calf alone by a tree, obviously fascinated by his own shadow. His actions seemed childlike and playful, but, on a deeper level, I felt, could be indicative of seeking company in the wrong places. My husband challenged me to write a poem about the calf and I accepted.
‘Points of a Kite’ was written on the same day as ‘Scarlet Madam’. A fleet of white butterflies, flitted close together, as if intent on some kind of purpose. I imagined them forming the shape of a kite and me trying to keep up with their progress from the ground, my mood changing direction with them.
If you’ve enjoyed reading the poems, do leave a comment or share them with a friend. I hope they’ve captured a little of the summer spirit in this part of the world.