Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "Daffodils" by May Swenson



Daffodils


Yellow telephones
in a row in the garden
are ringing,
shrill with light.

Old-fashioned spring
brings earliest models out
each April the same,
naïve and classical.

Look into the yolk-
colored mouthpieces
alert with echoes.
Say hello to time.

--May Swenson



41 comments:

Kelley said...

I loved that poem! So pretty. The flower was so pretty, too. It matches your blog background, but I'm sure you knew that already. Are you annoyed that I pointed that out? :) I LOVED your interview over at The LG Report. So funny!

Pearl said...

A simple flower for a simpler time...

Pearl

Lin said...

Oh, I never thought about them looking like little telephones! How Sweet! I'm gonna call Mother Nature on one and tell her to warm it up a bit.

Nancy said...

Sweet poem and gorgeous photos, Betty. :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A beautiful poem for a beutiful flower, thanks for sharing.

Yvonne,

Catherine said...

It looks and sounds like spring here! Beautiful!
xo Catherine

Anne Gallagher said...

So if daffodils are telephones, are roses really vaginas? (I just read Dan Brown. Sorry. Couldn't resist.)

The Empress said...

Daffodils and the little Lillies of the Valley.

They bring back memories of my grandmother's garden.

So strongly.

baygirl32 said...

deffodils are so pretty, they go in hand with the poem

Pat said...

I love that you post poems that I've never heard of before and fall in love with....this one is great! I will never look at daffodils again without thinking of old-fashioned telephones!

Eva Gallant said...

They do look like the old-fashioned phones!

floweringmama said...

Beautiful pictures and cool poem! We call them all buttercups. It is one of my two favorite flowers!

Old Kitty said...

And aren't they just the prettiest telephones?! Yay!! Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nice photos! Ours wouldn't stay yellow for long. My wife digs food coloring.

Out on the prairie said...

This made me think of an animation that had them singing and strutting their stuff.Lovely verse.

Madi and Mom said...

What a great poem...I never really thought about it but a daffadoil does resemble the onld style telephones.
Lovely pics,
Madi and Mom

Cheeseboy said...

Perfect because I got about 25 Daffodils for teacher appreciation today.

Josh Hoyt said...

How fun. They do look like telephones and what beautiful pictures.

Jingle said...

stunning piece ..

love the color of your blog,
wow.

mellow yellow.

Pat Tillett said...

Great poems and photos.
You just gotta love that bright yellow whenever you see it.

Snowbrush said...

Both the poem and the photos are lovely.

Brian said...

Hello Yellow, pretty you are!

Leanne said...

Awe, I love this. Makes me smile. (Just like you. I mean, you make me smile, too.) :)

Ally said...

Beautiful poem paired with beautiful flowers. As always thank you, Betty!

Ann said...

Well what do you know. After reading that poem I see the resemblance to an old fashioned phone.

Retired English Teacher said...

I loved this post for many reasons. Daffodils are my favorite flowers, so anything about them will make me smile. Your photos and the poem you selected were just great. I always called them telephones when I was a child. This dates me I know. I remember those old fashioned telephones well.

Theanne and Baron said...

Lovely photo...lovely poem!

Bouncin' Barb said...

You are the only other person I know who thinks they look like telephones like I do. That's what they have always reminded me of. A sure sign of spring aren't they?

Marlene said...

I suddenly have a craving for some pickled eggs. Must be that YOLK reference, and all this yellow.

faye said...

I am sooo bad with ID-ing flowers..
maybe the telephone association
will help with daffodils.

Ms. A said...

Very bright and cheerful!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Yellow is my favorite color which makes daffodils one of my favorite flowers.

KleinsteMotte said...

So much yellow on your blog makes it sunny. My eyes found it so bright :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

"Say hello to time." That's such a nice line.
Take care, Betty.
xoRobyn

Theresa Milstein said...

This harks to a bygone era, when phones resembled daffodils. Sweet one.

Jennie Bailey said...

Beautiful poem to go with those beautiful pictures!!

Jules said...

I needed a flower fix! Thank you Betty, late as usual I am :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

slommler said...

Wonderful poem and fabulous photos!!
Hugs
SueAnn

SUGAR MOON said...

Have been reading and enjoying your blog.

Jayne said...

So beautiful, Betty! Love your poems. :)

Baby Sister said...

I don't love daffodils, but I love your poem and the pictures. :)