Trillium #etheree #doubleetheree

Spring
Sun light
Warming days
Still frosty nights
I tromp through the woods
New growth shoots welcome me
The trees are budding, promising life
Glowing yellows and baby greens
But I spot a flash of burgundy
The first rich, Earthy color of the year

Everyone notices those bright flowers
Those extroverts of nature stand out
Flashy in their new spring wardrobe
Glowing in the springtime sun
What about the hidden?
What flowers are dark?
Who speaks of soil
Black and rich?
Hidden
You

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This was written for Colleen’s weekly Poetry Challenge. This week we were asked to write on a theme given by Kat. The theme was “Pick a Flower and using one of the syllabic forms we use, tell us why it is special to you.” I chose to use a double etheree. And the flower I chose was the trillium, but that red trillium I see in New Hampshire, not the white ones I grew up with in Ohio. And yes, if you read my coffee post, that photo at the top may be one of the photos I use for my spring coffee shares…

41 thoughts on “Trillium #etheree #doubleetheree

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I never saw one in Ohio, so it might be a New England thing. But it can be fun to look! (Looking at Wikipedia, MI isn’t listed in places to find the “Trillium erectum”, which I think are the red ones.

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  2. Marsha

    Like you, I love the rich earthy colors found more in the fall. Your yard sounds amazing, close to beach, mountain views. What could be more heavenly? It’s enough to make someone write beautiful poetry! :) Oh right! Your flower and poem are lovely, Trent.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! One thing, I do not have a miraculous house, I have two houses – one in New Hampshire with the wooded hillside and views of the mountains, and the other on Cape Cod, close to the ocean. But they are both great, and I love both of my yard!
      I am odd and like autumn better than spring, and like those earthy colors, but I think this spring-time flower, with it’s deep red, is gorgeous :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks!

      I do a coffee share post every week. I usually put a photo that shows location and season at the top (location = New Hampshire or Cape Cod). I didn’t like my spring shot because it was very early spring, that is, the snow was gone, but the world was brown with no green shoots or flowers. So I went out with a mug of coffee (it started full!) and took a few photos of flowers, including tromping through the woods to get the trillium photos.

      Think “Touring My Backyard” – the trillium is literally in my back yard – there is a wooded hillside behind my house.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Very different – flat with a saltwater marsh in my back yard to not so flat and a wooded hill in my back yard. I can walk to the ocean from one and walk to views of the mountains in the other :)

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                1. trentpmcd Post author

                  Variety is the spice of life… I do have to be outside a lot, and I have to stay active, which are both hard with a job that is computers and meetings, so…

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  3. Lisa

    Trillium is a lovely surprise to find on a walk in the woods. We had a few trillium in our yard when I was growing up. The dark kind. People do tend to overlook the darker flowers, the hidden ones. I much prefer them to the flashy annuals!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      These are behind my house, but on a steep, wooded hillside. They are pretty but if you didn’t know they were they, you could walk right past them. Yep, these darker flowers do get my attention :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      There is something about dark, or even black, flowers. Most spring flowers around here are very bright colors (yellow, pink and light purple are common), and the new leaves are all a light yellow-green, so it is cool to see these dark flowers in that deep-dark soil. Thanks, glad you liked the poem :)

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