Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nature's Canvas

                                                     Brenda Bryant


An artist chooses carefully when a canvas is in view;
He knows exactly what's required for what he wants to do.
He'll size the canvas up and down and view it from all sides;
He'll take note of the texture and other things besides.
Does he want it pristine white, or with a touch of grey?
Does he need this size or that? And how much must he pay?
He stretches it, he fingers it, he ums and ahs a lot
Till finally he's satisfied with the canvas that he's got.
But Nature's not so choosy. Take this stretch of stony ground;
The sort that we don't notice when we're looking all around.
Unprepossessing! That's the word; with nothing worth a mention;
And why it would be chosen is beyond my comprehension.
But Nature chose to sketch on it a work that, you'll agree,
Is a delicate arrangement of leafy filigree.


I pass this garden in the car almost every day
And every time I wish that I could while the time away.
The lawn is quite immaculate with never a weed in sight;
The shrubs are varied in colour and graded as to height.
Seasonal flowers grow freely, whatever the time of year,
But they always blend with the bushes that 'chance' to be standing near.
I show you just a fraction; the rest is like a park;
In every little corner, the gardener's made her mark.
I took friend Joan to see her; she has green fingers too
And she wished to ask some questions. Well, gardeners often do.
I thought this scene of ladies sharing their gardening lore
Was absolutely charming, so, camera to the fore,
I snapped this little moment, this sweet idyllic scene,
Wishing very heartily that my poor thumbs were green!


Margaret Gosden said...

Nature's shadow shot - lovely!

SandyCarlson said...

I enjoyed these. I wonder what those ladies are talking about!

Joanne Olivieri said...

The perfect title and perfect prose for a glorious shot.

Sylvia K said...

Nature does indeed have a beautiful canvas and your photo and words have captured it beautifully as always! Enjoy what's left of your weekend!


Gemma Wiseman said...

Beautiful filigree shadows and the photo of the two women chatting looks just charming!

Unknown said...

What lovely shots. I too wonder what the ladies are talking about.

Have a great weekend.

EG CameraGirl said...

Both poems are delightful! And I LOVE the shadow on the rock, nature's canvas.

Kim, USA said...

Like that fern shadow shot. And the garden gossip...hmmm that is cool too hehehe! Happy Sunday!

SSS-The lamp

Unknown said...

Leafy Filagree is a beautiful SS capture! I love your verses and the photo of the chatting women too.

Beverley Baird said...

A lovely delicate shadow.
Love both your poems!

Anonymous said...

I like the contrast between the sharp leaf shadow and the soft fern shadow ..... and the ladies are lovely too (perhaps they are talking about the photographer?)

wanderlust said...

Very pretty! Love the garden gossip.

Cassie said...

Your Shadow Shot looks like a fossil!! Very pretty. The poem is good well as the shot of the garden gossips.