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Iris, Rainbow Goddess

April 23, 2016 2 Comments

Liquid colors dripping down the landscape washing the background with rain

Iris connects the magical eternal womb of life to earth’s never-ending thirst

Rivers gather force falling down the mountainside, bring relief as well as pain

The dark sky full of swiftly traveling heavy clouds has explosively dispersed

Light to follow darkness, rainbow bridge from now to then, from here to there

Mystical highway to heaven, optical affirmation of higher power in glorious display

The fading intensity of stormy connection to nature is both common and rare

Colors draw a map to her pot of gold, the secret light no darkness can betray

NaPoWriMo2016

NaPoWriMo2016

This April ride the poetry train at #NaPoWriMo to find poetry and submit your own work.

Three Kinds of Truth

April 10, 2015 5 Comments

iris only looks up

iris only looks up

There are three separate kinds of truth in the world:
Empirical has backing of indisputable evidence, proven fact
Cultural is believed by everyone in our group without question
Rhetorical is instilled through language, debated into being

iris only looks up

iris only looks up

These tributaries of veracity flow from different mountains:
Facts fall vertically from the highest peaks of observed reality
Tribal beliefs are instilled from birth with social hill climbing
The waterfall of rhetoric is loud and impressively massive

iris only looks up

iris only looks up

Politicians are dealers in rhetoric designed to sway opinions
Cultures have blind spots that obscure parts of the total picture
Empirical truth is obvious, amplifying proof, ignoring prejudice
The well of pure truth will quench your thirst only if you draw from it

NaPoWriMo 2015

NaPoWriMo 2015

Ride the poetry train with some very creative and witty folk here during the month of April.

Poetry and Plants

April 7, 2013 9 Comments

New this year at the Tucson Botanical Gardens is a collaboration with the U of A Poetry Center, bringing poetry to the gardens.  I attended the class next to the iris garden yesterday and was surprised at the depth and education they packed into the experience.  We learned about the Poetry Center’s history and the very good luck we have to live in a city with a center such as this. We learned about the botanical gardens and the history and meaning of the iris plant.  An enthusiastic docent from the Tucson Botanical Gardens opened the readings with a poem of her own about iris and the field of everyday glory we can find in nature.  We then read together a selection of poems, all in some way referring to the iris.  Our favorite reader was dressed like an iris and has a British accent that enhanced her interpretation.  It was an exceptional experience on all levels for me.  I enjoyed the crowd, and had time after the class to get some technical growing advise from the lady who represented the Iris Society.  Poetry and gardens do go together very well.  Next month the group will meet by the cactus garden….a thorny subject.  I am encouraged to use my poetic voice more often, and listen for stunning stories to tell.

Iris

April 5, 2013 1 Comment

Iris means rainbow in Greek, the name of a messenger goddess . The flower has been used in medicine and perfumery for many centuries.  The symbolic fleur-de-lis is a stylized iris used in many coats of arms, and by the New Orleans Saints. In healing the essence of iris is used for seeing. Notice that the iris can only look up.

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