Saturation

I must have flowers, always and always—Claude Monet

azalea bluebell buttercup carnation
camellia cornflower cherry blossom dandelion

how will we color

fuchsia forget-me-not geranium goldenrod
hyacinth iris lavender lilac

our world when the flowers are

marigold orchid periwinkle poppy
rose sunflower violet wisteria

gone?

Many of our color names are based upon the colors of flowers, so it’s hard not to associate the two. It is estimated that as many as 250,000 flowering plants will go extinct by the end of this century, not only depleting what we see but how we see it.

For earthweal, where the subject under consideration is biodiversity.

I paint flowers so they will not die—Frida Kahlo

Poem up at The Ekphrastic Review

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“Silence is so accurate”—Mark Rothko

I was pleased to be included with Ken Gierke at rivrvlogr in the responses to Mark Rothko’s untitled painting with my poem “Through the Window”.

I did two paintings and one collage in response to Rothko’s painting.  His work looks simple–“a child could do it”–but it is filled with possibilities if you take the time to look.

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stillness is white
silence is black
repression is red

Paul’s Poetry Playground coincidentally featured an invented poetry form called “The Rothko” this week, so I’ve attempted two of those as well, loosely based on the quote, above.

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white is before
red is during
black is after

You can see Rothko’s painting, and read all the responses to it, here.  Thanks to editor Lorette Luzajic, as always, for featuring my work.