Saturday, January 9, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday-The Patch

garden dreamin...
it never ends
in my frigid world
I'll spend the long cold months
wandering my frozen plots
memories of each fragrant patch
the lily
the rose and
the wild sweet William
sweet old scents
that never fail to please
are n'er far from my heart

I'll always be a gardener
no matter how old I stray
when I'm too spent to lift my tools
my porch swing on a sunny day
will guide my mind's eye
to the cultivars past
as sweet scents
drift 'round and round
my soul
and my ruddy bare toes

I still see the greens
and the colors there
mixed with weed seed
and garden flotsam all 'round
it's all part of my task
to bathe in the soil
and the sun of my retreat
I'll still revel in the heat
and the sweat that comes
with the pact
and the dirt on my toes
and my knees

in my lil' patch


Don't know about you other Northuners, but the seed catalogs will start arriving soon, as we dream of sifting through the warm soil of our land for the veggies and floras that fulfill our
need to grow stuff...stuff of beauty and stuff to munch on...4 LONG MONTHS, seems like an eternity.

In the meantime we'll play at Harriet's House with the rest of the Shadow Shooters..OK...


High Desert Diva said...

Always enjoy your prose Sharon.

Glad you're computer is on the mend.

Golden West said...

You're sure to have a bumper crop of flowers and vegetables this year, Sharon, with that good rich midwestern soil just waiting beneath this year's snow.

Hope you're keeping off the roads for a while and warm at the chateau.

Quilt Works said...

How pretty! The photo and the garden ornament both!
Looks like you aslo have alot of snow :-)

...White picket fence

sarayutouched said...

oh the smells you create in my mind. i close my eyes and i can feel the warm soil beneath my hands. at -4 today...all we can do is "look back" to tomorrow, to when the land will once again shake it's cold and breathe in the warm breezes.

love you frosty picture and thanks for where your words take me!!

summersundays-jw said...

Love this & know exactly how you're feeling. Bring on the seed catalogues. Jan

Paula Scott said...

Cool (or, shall I say, cold) shot!
I agree that the arrival of the seed catalogs do get us to dreaming and thinking and anticipating the spring weather that can never arrive too soon as far as I'm concerned!

Jane said...

Fabulous snow shots....hope you are keeping warm.
We are in Aspen at the moment and it is cold but not like Iowa.

bobbie said...

A very lovely shadow flower.

Ralph said...

With the crazy cold and snow this winter, a flower - really ANY flower - looks great. The shadow of this faux fauna is just fine, keeping Spring on our minds...

Sylvia K said...

Great shadow shot and lovely words as always, Sharon! Hope you're keeping warm, it does sound as if it's really cold there. It's dreary here, but not that cold! Have a great weekend!


Hot Fudge said...

Anyone who can grow flowers in the snow has my vote. Imagine what you will achieve in the Spring, "sifting through the warm soil". Hang in there - it's just around the corner.

Gallery Juana said...

I think this is my favorite poem of yours. Especially, the paragraph "I will always be a gardener..." said...

Such a beautiful poem, on such a beautiful day. Too bad the high today is ZERO!!!
I loved your comments on Seed Catalogs. My Grandmother who was quite a gardener and married in 1925 always said that those new seed catalogs arriving in the winter were like the "Sweet Promise of Spring"

Keep Warm,

Thanks for sharing your creativity!!!

Martha Z said...

I've already placed my order and am anxiously waiting for spring. I like you garden art.

32˙North said...

Wonderful words and a beautiful shot.

Deb said...


Beverley Baird said...

What a great shadow!
And I loved your poem. It seems like spring is a long way off! We haven't even gotten much snow yet but it is col now!
Take care.

BLOGitse said...

Hi gardener! :)
Your shadow is beautiful.
Let's hope the weather will change better all over the globe.
Have a good SSS!

Hey Harriet said...

I like your pretty snow flower and your poem is lovely. Don't worry, warm sunny days will be greeting you again before too long. Playing in the dirt is just around the corner. But try to keep nice and toasty until then!

Greyscale Territory said...

The idea of your little patch sounds so sweet and cosy! Your longings and dreamings give such passionate depth to your poetry! And that romantic photo! Such a strong, wistful shadow in the snow! Faux flora (as Ralph said) - maybe, but very beautiful!

O! And hi there dear sister!

Our temp today is in the early
30's C but with a gentle sea breeze for relief. We've had a few days of this! But tomorrow will be in the early 40's C! A scorcher! That will be a tough one!

Keeping summery photos going on my blog for you to keep some warmth in mind! (And anyone else who needs it too!)

Love the names of your soaps! Just wonderful!

Warmest hugs always!


Gena @ thinking Aloud said...

Love the prose and the shot ... so well captured, perfect detail!
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Carin said...

Your comment on my SSS post made my day! LOL yep I think it might be face from the past!

Your snow shadow is lovely too. So clear and crisp! At least such shots make up for the coldness of all that whiteness.

Cassie said...

Intriguing shot.
I like it...
A lot.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

I guess many of us had problem with our pc. I had bad time of rebooting and blasting everything. Happy that I got a mini laptop now which GH bought for Christmas gift although not asking for one.

Your prose and your photos are well taken and I enjoyed and love every words and angle shown.

xoxo always...

Quasi Serendipita said...

That's a wonderful shadow!

Dianne said...

your composition is flawless
I love how the object of the shadow is only partially revealed

Anonymous said...

A lovely crisp shadow on the snow!

Lily Hydrangea said...

it does seem like an eternity doesn't it?
beautiful poem & shadows Miss Wilson

Janie said...

Great shadows that remind us of the flowers to come.
Lovely poem, too.

Jonny Hamachi said...

The days are already getting longer.

Great Shot.

Anonymous said...

perfect shadow shot!


Square Peg Guy said...

Thank you for the kind comment on my Shadow Shot. I really like yours!

- Square Peg Guy

jabblog said...

That is a WONDERFUL shadow shot - well done! :-)

chubskulit said...

That's beautiful!

MyMaracas said...

I really enjoyed the imagery in your poem, and the photo is beautiful. It brought back a lot of happy memories.

Traci said...

Just found your blog. I must say...I am now addicted!!! Thank you for your great talent.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

This is one of our favorite poems Sharon! Love that rusty 'ol flower as well :)
Garden Dreaming....THAT is what it is all about this time of year - isn't it?!

Birgitta said...

Wonderful shadow shot and a beautiful poem!

Diane AZ said...

Wonderful photo and poem! I love the blue shadow the flower makes in the snow. Have fun planning your spring garden. :)

storyteller said...

Your poem tugs at my heart for I'm not sure how I'd manage the wintry conditions in which you reside. That said, the wintry views (from a virtual distance) are lovely and I'm glad you share. Love the shadow here and found the collection of blues in today's post nifty too. I've offered Colorful Miscellany from Southern California for snow bound folks like yourself.
Hugs and blessings,

Paula said...

I love this image, the sunflower is such a great piece of metal working. We have the cold here in Florida, but not the snow.

Sam said...

That is amazing!! The snow - so pretty! It's like icing sugar!! Love your new (?) header too - snow is such an exotic substance for this Sydney inhabitant!

Crafty Green Poet said...

beautifully composed photo, its a lovely looking ornament too

Jacqui said...

I love that shadow! The sun will soon be back - and the soil is nice and warm under it's snow duvet (I checked)
Thanks for your comment about my windows. The house was built in 1930 and it still has the original glass - based on the designs of charles Rennie Macintosh, which were in vogue at that time.
No doubleglazing for us then...

Maria Berg said...

The flower that will last for a long long time, MB