Friday 23 September 2011

Blade of Green

Give me just this blade of green,
beneath the scorching sun,
Give me just that trilling bird,
his dainty perch, his last of the summer fun;

Give me just this daily breath,
this curling autumn sleeve,
Give me just this barefoot right,
my fingers on a blade of green.

© Shaista Tayabali, 2011

Painting: Daniel Garber, Tanis, Oil, 1915


R. Burnett Baker said...

Just a beautiful poem, almost a prayer of thanksgiving!


Marcoantonio Arellano (Nene) said...

I plant under a seathing sun
I need not water them
my sweat sates their thirst
unlike others,I complain not
about the summer.

If one's Summers
must be tallied
every blade of grass
even those in golden attire
must be appreciated

Your lovely words, Shaista, transition easily from your
prism eyes.

Thank you for sharing again.

Shaista said...

A poem for a poem, nene. Every blade of grass must indeed be appreciated. I love lying in a small heap on the grass, breathing grass, becoming grass.
Until a bee becomes territorial.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Remember the Talmud angel, bending over the blade of grass and bidding it "grow!"? Your lovely poem made me think of it......and my alert granny radar is detecting a story behind the poem......

Anonymous said...

You're added to my list of excellent blogs ... I was lying on the grass this afternoon ... it was sunny ... that late unexpected autumn sunshine ...

Lisa said...

This is beautiful, the painting is beautiful, and I need to expand my vocabulary :) I took time to quietly browse through your sidebar and every book, person and painting was so interesting, and beautiful. And your Mom's portraits and Dad's art, amazing.

steven said...

shaista - such a simple and lovely painting and a word painting to open its details - summer . . . gone on the calendar - but not gone! steven

Ruth said...

Ohh, that curling autumn sleeve. ohh, you.

SARAH said...

Beautifully said. At the end of summer, I find myself wanting so much: for summer not to end, for autumn to ripen quickly.

The Gooseberry Garden said...

you blow me away.
love the imagery.

The Gooseberry Garden said...

welcome sharing your poetry with us today,

first time participants can link in 1 to 3 random poems, you can also write for our challenge.

24h Pfleger said...

OH my! what a brilliant masterpiece indeed.. so love it.

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