Friday, April 12, 2013

Poetry Friday: Curtsy with Justine Rowden

I recently had the pleasure of meeting poet Justine Rowden for coffee outside of Washington, DC, where we had a lovely chat about her picture book Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art. I'm not going to tell you about the book just yet, as I'm saving it for a little later this month. But I am going to share another of Justine's poems that happens to be about cherry blossoms, which are in full bloom right now in this part of the country. I love how Justine compares the beauty of the cherry blossoms to that of ballerinas.

When you're done reading the poem, waltz on over to Random Noodling if you are in the mood for more. Happy Poetry Friday!

By Justine Rowden

The cherry blossoms, 
Floating in arabesque
Descend gracefully on stage
Of painterly gray flagstone.
Bowing in curtsy, 
The petals, delicate folds
Of dancers' skirts
Pose, remain there
Attentive to the wind's applause.


  1. I look forward to your review of Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art. I'm a big fan of ekphrasic poems.

  2. The book sounds intriguing. I love the imagery in this poem!

  3. "Floating in arabesque"! What an image. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. I loved this poem about such pretty,fleeting blossoms. I am very intrigued by the book as well!

  5. Paint Me a Poem is a wonderful book. I've used it in elementary school to inspire children to write their own poetry about art.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad to hear that the book has worked well in the classroom. I agree it is a wonderful book!

  6. Justine,

    Simply lovely. Congratulations!


  7. Thanks, all, for stopping by. I'm hoping to post about Justine's book before the month is through. Stay tuned! I'm off, now, to catch up with all the posts from last week...before it's Poetry Friday again!


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