I went on a walk with a friend this weekend and we took a few pictures to try and identify some species when we got home. I also wrote a list of some of the plants and animals we saw on our route. This was a good exercise in helping me remember and learn names for flora and fauna but it also meant I realised how much we saw.
Using the same idea as the natural history guide exercise, I wrote an “I am” poem. Again I used the guide to get a bit of info about the species and I used my jar of words. I also pulled a tarot card to give a direction or theme for my words. This turned out to be the ace of wands which is a perfect, spring energy, kind of card. The words I associate with this card were used to create the first line.
I am spring, flame thrower, life igniter.
I am the Norway maple, buds forced open like shooting stars.
I am the drifting, pungent catch of wild garlic in the air.
I am the paintbrush who’s sure and steady hand splashed the purple speculum on the female mallard’s back.
I am the heart leaves of the lesser celandine, serenading without permission.
I am the boggy carpet under the feet of Canada geese.
I am the committed blackbird, bringing squirming specimens to my love.
I am the golden jacket outlining the small great tit.
I am the velcro crackle of cleavers scrambling unapologetically.
I am the listening, learning, crow, holding tight to my caw-caw.
I am the family squabble of coots quarrelling
& I am the woodpigeon, perched, surveying, taking in the power of spring.
I enjoyed pulling together the images and I really like the use of the natural history guide as it adds another dimension to the images – without it I’d not have known speculum feathers were even a thing! The information from the guide adds more precision as well.
I particularly like the image of the cleavers and, along with I am the music played in the teeth of a dandelion, before time is wished away from last time, I’m hoping to spin out another piece of creative writing.
I also created the line I am the queen of death, the glossy social climber; ivy but it was entirely out of sorts with the rest of the images. Perhaps one to put in my pocket for a walk later in the year when the cycle of life turns again…