Sunday, May 26, 2013

Angel's Trumpet (Poem)

Ponytail by Last Exit
Image Courtesy of Tess Kincaid, Magpie Tales

Angel's Trumpet

The x-ray will tell you
nothing about the smell

of Brugmansia, how the scent
of citrus and almond collects

in the drooping bell, the head
so like the angel's trumpet

pointing down to earth, calling
us to a heady vision of heaven.

Its woody stem gives up
nothing to the negative view

of supplication. The bowing
and curving-in are but a show

of evening prayers for more
flushes of ever-weeping blooms.

© 2013 Maureen E. Doallas

This poem is my response to today's photo prompt, "Ponytail" by Last Exit, at Tess Kincaid's Magpie Tales. Go here to read other writers' responses to the promp and drop the link to your own poem or piece of flash fiction.

The Brugmansia is known variously as the "Angel's Trumpet", "Horn of Plenty", and "Devil's Weed". It has a fascinating background. See, for example, the article "Angel's Trumpet" at Fragrantica.


Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

This is beautiful Maureen!

Wyn Vogel said...

This is just a gorgeous piece of artwork - not to mention the poem! What a beautiful way to start the day - thank you!! Cheers!!

Helen said...

Lovely poem, thank you for sharing it (and the notes.)

The Write Girl said...

Your poem does read as an evening prayer and makes us pause in wonder. Stunning piece.

Anonymous said...

Wow this absolutely stunning, I love it =)

Tabatha said...

I enjoyed your take on the prompt very much! The Angel's Trumpet article was fascinating, too.

Berowne said...

Forceful and compelling...

S. Etole said...

Your interpretations are so powerful.

Anonymous said...

i can see the trumpet shape in the photo...that's cool.
well done. i think that the angel's trumpets are very happy to have a poem written about them. they are probably thinking...finally something that's not all about violets and roses.

Tess Kincaid said...

Love your botanical interpretation...