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One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Artistic Interpretation "Dog Days of Summer" with Margaret


For me, the "dog days of summer" don't start until after the Magnolias have blossomed.  The Golden Retriever below disagrees as I snapped this photo in Charleston, SC before they had bloomed.


I know not everyone that participates here at "The Garden" is experiencing summer, but this is what the theme is about today.


The challenge is to write "summer" into your poems.  I want it to DRIP with the season!


 I have taken these images with my iPhone and would be thrilled if they inspire a response.







The image above is of Lake Walloon, the very one Hemingway enjoyed and wrote about.   HERE is a link to an interesting article if you would like to know more.

I would love a new poem, but will also accept an older, updated (reworked) poem.   You know the drill.  Post your specific post to the Linky below.  I look forward to your artistic interpretations!  And as always, feel free to use more than one photo and if you don't get a poem done today, coming to the table late is "OK".  Don't forget we have "Open Link Monday" as well.


27 comments:

Vandana Sharma said...

Wow! all the photographs are wonderful and my muse is Magnolia:) Thanks

Diane Carlisle said...

Gorgeous photos! It's hard to believe you took them with an iPhone. My iPhone takes lousy photos. Maybe I need to upgrade. lol

clarior e tenebris said...

Thanks for the photographs and great prompt.

I'm surviving my first summer in Houston. But from the news back home in the northeast and from past experience back there, I'm not feeling this to be all that much hell as they say.

Dulz said...

Inspired... Thanks for the prompt, MArgaret!!!

Margaret said...

Thank you, Diane & Vandana. I use a few photo apps (BeFunky Pro & Instagram to name a few) as well as a light touch of Photoshop to play with my images. So it isn't all me.

I did add a photo of our horse Oberon - somehow it didn't load in my original posting. Can't have a prompt without a horse if I can help it ;)

L. Edgar Otto said...

As in Walden we seem always surprised by the weather... or how close we insects depend on a specific plant or tree... why? I have stayed inside cling to the ice wind in summer or the little star of a pot belly stove in winter...attached to the world have never felt more isolated in the quietness. Now I find myself longing to go back to places I have been...yeah, Tom Wolfe and all that or Gibran in New York city..."You can't go home again." Or am I saving others from my stress moods when I am the weather?

Mama Zen said...

These pictures are so gorgeous, Margaret. You are incredibly talented.

Susan said...

Margaret! Gorgeous shots. I want to know where you took the pelican photo and if it is white or brown? Please let me know! Brown Pelican is my totem, a natural wonder I have spent time with mainly in Virginia Beach and near Veracruz, Mexico.

Margaret said...

Charleston, SC. Brown, I'm pretty sure

Ella said...

Gorgeous! I love your photos-I am now singing, Summertime and the livin' is eeeeeasy ;D

Thank you Margaret!

Kerry O'Connor said...

These pictures are amazing, Margaret. We are spoiled for choice. You have such a gift to compose pictures with a poet's eye. Many thanks for sharing.

hedgewitch said...

Your photography always is cause for a sigh here--love your compositions,and especially the statue and the bareback rider--just gorgeous. I am not much in a writing mode because of the HEAT--ugh--but if anything occurs, will be back.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I'm sorry mine is not dripping with Summer, Margaret but I thank you for the push I needed to write a poem this week.

Mary said...

I wrote a Terza Rima Sonnet yesterday, enjoyed the form so much that I attempted it again today for your prompt, Margaret. Love your photos as always.

Grace said...

Love the pictures dear ~

Am enjoying the summer from BC ~

Happy weekend to all ~

Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful photographs Margaret. Thanks for sharing them to give us inspiration!

Ella said...

Mine went in a different direction! I think I will try again :D

Lovely challenge~

Susan said...

Thank you! I'll be back to read.

humbird said...

Thanks for inspiration! Many thoughts because of multiple photos, indeed feel spoiled...:)

Margaret said...

Thank you all for participating! I have read half of the poems and summer is surely depicted quite well! I have been out the door since 7 am and am back for a moment and out the door again. I will finish reading the poems later this evening (and any new ones that arrive) Thank you!

Lolamouse said...

Margaret,
Your photos were WAY too gorgeous for the mental image I have about summer these days! The prompt did inspire a poem, however!

Hannah said...

Oops....I posted in the wrong place. I'm going to try and remove it. Sorry Margaret.

Poet Laundry said...

I love your photos Margaret!

Marian said...

double-posting this one, hope that's not too obnoxious... i'm late to the game, Maragaret, but i love your photos. i usually find photo prompts difficult (even when i can really appreciate the photos, like yours) and was struggling to write something for that photo of the adirondack chairs. then Kerry's prompt got me going. :) thanks again! wonderful.

Margaret said...

Thank you, everyone. I enjoyed them all.

Helen said...

Yep, I do know the drill .. couldn't resist adding my bit of Dog Days Summertime complainin' to Margaret's challenge. Written last week for Poetry Jam.

Hannah said...

I love your images, Margaret!! Thank you for the challenges!