Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Oh Lady D, how I cherish thee ~~ a Poem for Tuesday Platform


Oh Lady D, how I cherish thee
Unwittingly, thou passion's symbol 
Vineyard's safe keeper, of roses red, 
my vines of peanuts, and hibiscus

Nary a grape to be seen.  Beneath
your skirts perennial blossoms lurk
melons, tomatoes, and radishes

Guarded they are by your lingerers, 
heirs to your namesake, carrying it not
Without fail, every spring my tribute

Honoring you, comes to life planted
Planted among the daisies and corn 
See their beauty grow, dearest Scarecrow
Forever in my garden close by 
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Pictures and Poem Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2006 and 2017, All Rights Reserved
2006 Picture link, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2006/10/halloween-wishes.html

I'm linked with Marian at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, The Tuesday Platform ~~ http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-tuesday-platform.html

The Tuesday Platform is a free forum meaning we can post whatever poem we liked.  Her instructions: "Dear versifiers, minstrels, balladmongers, and bards! (I might be a versifier) Please share a poem, ditty, rhapsody, or dithyramb* in the Garden today.

I chose a dithyramb* to honor the Greek goddess, Demeter**.  Did you know that the common scarecrow is a leftover show of homage to her.  Of the early farmer's worship of the gods, only Demeter** seemed to be of help to their crops.  Little did they know her image in the fields was scaring away the animals and birds who preyed upon the vegetation and seed.

*Dithyramb noun: dithyramb; plural noun: dithyrambs --

a wild choral hymn of ancient Greece, especially one dedicated to Dionysus (I chose Demeter**); a passionate or inflated speech, poem, or other writing." (link)
**Demeter:  "Demeter was a peace-loving deity and the source of all growth and life; she was the goddess who provided all nutrition on the earth and taught mortals how to cultivate the earth and ease life. Demeter was most appreciated for introducing wheat to mankind, making man different from animals." (link)

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