Honeysuckle …


late-flowering in the cold November rain,

leaving no trace of sweetness on the air ..

no sensuous warmth of sun-gilded spice

to captivate and to entice a hawk-moth

or an itinerant bumble-bee.

In your optimistic creativity

I see the imperative reason, though out of season,

that inspires the complex beauty of your display.

Tardy honeysuckle;

in defiance of the sunless grey

you give luminescence to this day …

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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8 Responses to Honeysuckle …

  1. planaquarium says:

    This flows so nicely; I can just see the fragile color in the cold in the line “leaving no trace of sweetness on the air” – well done!

  2. JM says:

    The kindness of the Honeysuckle is an example to us all, Marya. We have one growing around the ‘side gate’ where I can see it from my desk. Hardy and hearty ; preserved youth. Reminding me that only sunlight is needed to get her growing again … and she knows that the shortest day is nearly here … Joy!

    And you have made it easy for me to work all that into your lovely poem. 🙂

  3. atomsofstars says:

    Hello Jamie …

    Thank you for your kind words .. I’m pleased to know you liked these lines.

    Yes, they are wonderfully tenacious plants … such intricate and delicate-looking flowers belie their fragility ..

    Oh, yes, the winter solstice … bring it on 🙂

    btw … tentative sunshine here this morning and a chaffinch singing .. things are looking up 🙂

  4. Good morning, poetess! As ‘an itinerant bumble-bee’, I’m at you when other ‘mezza luna’ is near and full Christmas too, which I’m going to spend in some Dickens’ location, for a feast between consanguineous…My best wishes for you and yours and thank you very much for last three poems, specially, and for your ‘tardy’, but very endearing, ‘honey suckle’…

  5. atomsofstars says:

    Good afternoon, Didacus …

    It’s very nice to see you today 🙂

    Thank you very much for your Christmas wishes … my best wishes to you and your family at this special time .. have a wonderful day of celebration and a most Happy New Year.

    Thank you also for your continuing interest in my poetry and your kind words. I’m pleased you enjoyed this late-flowering honeysuckle.

  6. Francina says:

    Hi , I nominated and give you the Versatile Blogger award, because I enjoy reading your poetry!



    • atomsofstars says:

      Hello again, Francina …

      Thank you very much for such kind thoughts but time constraints prevent my acceptance of this award .. I hope you will continue to enjoy some of my attempts at poetic expression here 🙂

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