Ariadne’s Child


Where the birch meets water,
lost in the mouths of lilied frogs
beyond and involved, evolved with the foxgloves,
purple of the edible pansy blooms;
the breadth of a bee sting, slowsoft in butter colour
as it spreads;
take care and be well
whisper down to the lambkid, she says:

down there, bygone by buttress and marigolds,
swiftsure and buried in the browns of soil,
out there, take the tail of a queen and walk forever,
           foxtrot,
                              merry,
downward where a willow meets pine.

© Eve Redwater 2012


[This photograph was taken on a lovely sunny day a couple of weeks ago in my local park. A day or so later, it snowed!]

80 thoughts on “Ariadne’s Child

  1. Really love this one. I want to be there in that thought embraced by the natural inspiration.

    Slow, soft in butter colour…spreads-awesome!

    Lost in the mouth of lilies frogs…took me to the water level.

    Thanks for sharing the work. Great job!

  2. Very nice…the kind of poetry I wish came out of my brain…lol…beautiful also love “slowsoft in butter colour” the sounds you create in the readers mouth with your word choices are often rich, sensuous and delicious just like this one…having read a number of your poems now I can see that is your natural poetic voice and that’s awesome…quite a talent…thank you for sharing with us…

  3. Such beautiful imagery in your poem and in response to your comment on your photo – it snowed where I am too after about a fortnight of sunny weather. Hopefully that was not the Scottish summer – the weather looks quite bright and sunny today hopefully it will stay lovely beyond the big football game today.

    • Thanks so much! It was such a strange thing – the most glorious, though out of season, weather we’d had for a while. Blazing hot sunshine, barely a cloud, then during the night the temperature plummeted! Snow on the ground in the morning, and many the confused face! :) x

  4. There is nothing simple in your work…the words read seamlessly and provide a feelings of ease and calm, but the richness is complex and so well-crafted! I read the first time just to enjoy the fluidity, and then the second to absorb the picture you create. Lovely…all the way around. Debra

  5. I enjoy the language, the flow of your writing and the reference to Ariadne, the mythical nature of this piece is very present, an underworld, intertwined with the roots and the earth. Beautiful.

  6. Such a magical quality to you poetic observations of nature, Eve. Well, I’m always enchanted by your poems!

    ‘lilied frogs’
    ‘whisper down to the lambkid’
    ‘take the tail of a queen and walk forever,
    foxtrot,
    merry,
    downward where a willow meets pine.’

    All lovely!

    • Hello Chrissy! Thank you very much for stopping by my blog! I’m so glad that you were Freshly Pressed, as I was able to view your wonderful photography. I’m a big fan of nature photography, and it’s lovely to see it executed so well. Glad to follow you; I’m excited to see what you shoot next. :D

      Eve x

      • The beauty of nature photgraphy is that you never know what is next….but, it is lovely to meet you too. Lovely words, I love poetry…especially that about nature….I am looking forward to reading more of yours :)

  7. Its hard to define what poetry is, but you know it when it comes along. I do like this poem very much. It has that essential magical and inexplicable quality that somehow resonates with something deep within one’s heart or soul.

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