26 September 2012

Window dressing

At Ella's Edge today, Ella shared a quote by Coco Chanel:  

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

Ella asked us to write a poem inspired by this quote, and, as usual, the sky is not even a limit.  I stay domestic and welcome you to my world, its skies and its window fashionings.  Posted at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads.


green leaves commune with bent bamboo and birds
fresh air and traffic separate neighbor trees
peace waits in line


however absent the red blossoms, hummingbirds 
hover and bless the way

together now: turtle-potted begonia, porcelain-white 
water bowl, big and little kitties, inside and outside, 
crisp leaves and neighbors’ toys

hold on to the heat as temperatures fall

become mine what once was thine
when royalty exits 
little ones sit up

  house plants watch snow fall on evergreens 
near the church they have never attended 
but hold in the light

of seasonal holidays and circles of warmth
imitations aid memory
of what comes next--
never yesterday


Copyright © 2012 S.L.Chast




Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a lovely view into your world, Susan. I adore the hummingbird, and these lines are perfectly phrased:

house plants watch snow fall on evergreens
near the church they have never attended
but hold in the light

Marian said...

awwwww, love this. love those kitties!!!

Ella said...

This is so clever and I love how nature paints your view and you painted it for us! YOUR cat is gorgeous, as is your view! :D

Susie Clevenger said...

What a beautiful view and words from your window. "house plants watch snow fall on evergreens near the church they have never attended but hold in the light" I love these lines.

Helen said...

You have made the 'changing of seasons' seem fashionable!!

Kateri said...

Loved this little peek into your life and out your windows.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is simply brilliant and I LOVE the photos of your wonderful windows....you have inspired me. I have a bay window hung with prisms and lights.....but what I need are some green hanging plants to lend me their green thru the winter, and to enjoy the soft light. Yup! They're on the list!!!!!!

Sreeja said...

Oh this is very beautiful Susan....I loved the humming bird photo very much....loved your world....

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful! I love the lines about the houseplants and the church. Beautiful.

Lolamouse said...

I love the photos! What a beautiful view into your life-thank you.

Kay L. Davies said...

I love this glimpse into your world via your window fashions, Susan. Beautiful!

Margaret said...

...church they never attended... loved that line. and "of what comes next, never yesterday". Nicely done!