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Yellowstone, 1995 or Thereabouts

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Yellowstone, 1995 or Thereabouts

	I can hear the water, 
	a giggle almost, 
	in the small cold spring 
	by which I sat
	that foggy morning, 
	sketchbook, pen, and watercolors in hand. 
	A weed with a single white flower 
	grew from the innards 
	of a half submerged, 
	humus-bound log 
	alive with neon-green moss. 
	A brilliant web 
	spun by a tiny jewel-orange spider
	laced the flower to the log. 
	I dipped my brush in the spring water, 
	washed it around in the appropriate colors, 
	painted the scene as best I could, 
	never coming close to capturing 
	the brilliance of flower, moss and spider.
	Only approximations of nature are possible.

Copyright © Jack Jordan

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  1. Date: 5/11/2013 6:51:00 PM
    True homage to the earth, a lovely personal verse. Thanks so much for the entry. Light & Love

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/11/2013 9:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Debbie. A great competition... Jack
  1. Date: 5/10/2013 9:26:00 PM
    Congratulations Jack...wonderful piece of my favorites of yours

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/10/2013 10:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Donna. I have fond memories... Jack
  1. Date: 3/9/2013 6:14:00 PM
    I've only been to Yellowstone once, but it was very memorable trip (though I was only about 6 or at the time). It's really a wide range of images in this poem, the jewel-orange spider sounds like something to see! Have you ever watched the 30 minute paintings of Bob Ross? I think you would enjoy his work seeing as how you're into nature paintings :)

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 3/9/2013 9:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It was, or is, a remarkable place, at every possible scale. The spider was just one of an overwhelming variety of beautiful things I saw. However, I managed to record this one. Jack
  1. Date: 3/3/2013 11:22:00 AM
    You have done well with the portrait - it took me there (the title helped, of course). I have sat by such a place, contemplated the capture in words and failed. Your words have drawn a picture to be savored. Did you really paint it? I would love to see the watercolor.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 3/3/2013 12:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I did paint it. I'd be happy to show it to you, but I have no idea how to post images on the soup. I'll see if I can find a way. In any event, thanks for your comment and interest. J
  1. Date: 3/1/2013 12:08:00 AM
    gorgeous!! this is kind of the way I like to write free verse on those rare occasions I attempt it. I love this one. Have you entered it into Catie's free verse contest. I think it would be perfect for that one.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 3/1/2013 7:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Why, thank you... I'll check out the contest. J
  1. Date: 2/28/2013 5:16:00 PM
    Very nice Jack and how true. We can never come close to duplicating God's beauty

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 2/28/2013 8:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Even is a medium as "realistic" as photography. J