Red Cedar

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Wordy Thursday with Wild Woman-
“The Art of Emily Carr”

“Today, my Toadly friends, we are immersing ourselves in the art of Canadian artist Emily Carr, a visionary artist ahead of her time, whose paintings celebrate the wild beauty of Vancouver Island.

Ms Carr, born in Victoria, B.C., in 1871, is a national treasure. Her work was inspired by the spectacular landscapes surrounding her, as well as by her interest in the Northwest Coast First Nations. A single woman who struggled to get by, she was outspoken and considered eccentric, as all the best poets and artists are, in my humble opinion.

For your prompt, choose whichever of her paintings appeals to you and write your poem (or choose your own at Emily Carr Artworks, including the painting and its source with your poem)”


Red Cedar source

A flounce of red skirt,
Ms. Cedar is out
for a night
in the forest.
Swathed in swirls
of emerald, her hat,
while outrageous,
seems to suit her
flamboyant style.
Ms. Cedar watches
for a change in light.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to Red Cedar

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    Sara, I LOVE this poem so much! I adore the flounce of red skirt, her night out in the forest in her swirls of emerald……she is all ready for a night of high-stepping. It suits the painting so perfectly. I found a way to comment thru my facebook login. WHEW! One problem solved! Thanks for writing to my prompt.


  2. Jim says:

    Ms. Cedar will do well in the night. I do hope she finds a little more light, a fine lady like her should not be hidden, lost in the dark.


  3. Brendan says:

    A delightful pause gliding through the forest!


  4. How lovely this is!


  5. Lori says:

    How beautiful and well-decked out. A lady dressed for a fine evening hoping morning doesn’t arrive too soon.


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