Definition

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.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Open Link Monday

Welcome to the Imaginary Garden!

The Mark Twain House--The Conservatory.
Photo Credit: John Groo for The Mark Twain House & Museum


As I write this on Sunday morning, February 2, the famous Punxatawney Phil has seen his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter here in the USA. Rather than smashing my alarm clock, I retreated in my mind to a welcoming indoor garden: the one adjacent to Mark Twain’s library, pictured above. Imagine a cup of tea there, and a book of poems to read. Or a blank sheet of paper and some quiet time. Heavenly!

In this spirit, we invite everyone to share a poem with us here today. Link up any poem you like, and please remember to visit some of the other poets who have joined in. Everyone likes to know that friends have stopped by, and we all appreciate comments. I hope each of you has a moment this week to slow down with that cup of tea and something to read or write. 

17 comments:

grapeling said...

a spritz of rain on the left coast, though we need a torrent. good week to all ~

Kay L. Davies said...

I enlarged the photo and let my mind sink into it, Marian, and now I'm going to...go to bed, while the effects of the photo linger.
See you in the morning, hopefully with a new poem.
Luv, K

Susie Clevenger said...

Good morning everyone..hope it will be a great week for all!!

Marlon O. said...

Great week, poets!

May your days be full of poetry!

Kenia Cris said...

Morning cuties!

Monday is being unkind to me but I won't let it ruin my week, no way!

Have a fantastic week yourselves!

Let's write it out! <3

Susan said...

"Let's write it out." Good one, Kenia! Wishing everyone a good week ahead.

manicddaily said...

Hey Marian--happy February! k.

manicddaily said...

Hey Marian--happy February! k.

manicddaily said...

Hey Marian--happy February! k.

Marian said...

good morning, friends!

Bekkie Sanchez said...

My writing card is a little slow right now and I saw your site before and had thought about joining in so here I am. I write with you on Mag where I've been dropping in for a few years now. I wrote this because of a photo like it and found this photo that I like better. It's an older poem and thought you might enjoy it. I am a silver-haired crusader so I know! Lol! Nice to be here!

Robert Bourne said...

I have a snowblower and a garage... bring it on... :)

Marian said...

toads, i've been having a hard time of things but managed to string together a few words to describe (maybe) a scene; we'll see about that.
apologies for my absence of late, & i'm trying to rectify. (translation: trying to get my act together.)

Robert Bourne said...

It is getting harder and harder to find a pen that is not buried under a snow bank here... :)

Jim said...

Hi Marian ~~ Sorry I'm so late here. I wasn't going to post but then this evening I couldn't resist. So I ginned up a little ditty with a couple of clever pictures. But the pictures wouldn't post. Maybe later.

Thanks for doing this. I knew when I read your introduction that it wasn't Kerry in South Africa. No snow there.

I am a fairly big Mark Twain fan. Thank you for the gazebo reminder.
..

Marian said...

Jim, the Mark Twain house is in Hartford, CT. we went for the first time this past summer with our kids and all just loved it. we'll be back again soon, i'm sure!

Bekkie... just a note to say that i'm unable to comment on your blog (not a Google+ member) but i enjoyed your poem, and feel like i know your crusader. :) thanks for linking up.

Beyond the Dog Dish said...

Oh I hear you! Last snow storm day I headed out, bought a bouquet of flowers, drank tea and enjoyed the day photographing. Soon - spring will be here.