Blue Heron Writes

Sharing to Inspire through Words and Pictures

Sharing Poetry Inspired by Paintings

A year ago, I began building a collection of poetry mostly inspired by my paintings and shared a number of them on this blog. As the treasury of written works grows, I’ll continue posting selections and invite your comments.

Painting: The Sap is Running, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 12 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

The Sap is Running

Mother Earth spins

welcoming spring in the north

where the sun warms slumbering maples

drawing their golden sap up, and down.

A childhood memory stirs  –

Sunday drives along country roads,

lined with maple trees,

pierced with stiles, adorned with silver pails.

And so, the ritual of spring begins again.

I wonder, if they feel pain

when the drill spins into their trunks

breaking through their gnarled bark.

I hope rather, they feel relief

from the pressure built up

before the sap begins to flow

draining into the awaiting buckets.

I believe it’s their gift to us,

sharing their sweet nectar

some for more than two hundred years

forgiving us for the wounds we inflict for our pleasure.

© Wendie Donabie 2023


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