Sky opened to cede its tiny mandalas of ice blessing all below
Beet and cabbage paused, tomato and corn stilled
Is this the most remarkable thing you have ever seen
Laden morsels alight melting in summer’s heat
Most of them drying under sun’s guidance
intense in their purpose to bring relief
from season’s hymn
Vegetables sigh, give thanks, and resume
Our writing group was to bring a prompt, a line from a book. I found this line from Tom Robbins’ Jitterbug Perfume the perfect one for me to use. It was not my prompt, but now I will read the book.
The beet is the most intense of vegetables.
from Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
The time given to write was twenty minutes. I took the line and wrote it down the page. I then wrote my poem beginning each line with the word from the prompt. Of course, through editing, things get changed around a bit. moved around, deleted and refined. You can still see remnants of the prompt. Thank you, Tom Robbins, for the inspiration.
And my painting, Hope, sprung from the poem.