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Peony Collector

Earlier this spring, I encouraged the students in my writing class to keep an observation notebook. As a teacher it’s often a good idea to do what you ask of your students.

Some early mornings, I run with a friend. On my way home I started a routine of pulling into a park to observe, but some days I didn’t take the time. However, I was tuned into observing, so I noticed peonies in a yard. I noticed them and descriptions popped into my mind while I was driving. I started “taking notes” with my voice activation on my phone. (It rarely works for me to wait until I get home to jot it down; I lose the turn of phrase.)

And then after some time— a poem emerged.

I kept these notes for several days; maybe a couple weeks. I am uncertain of the time frame, but the time was marked by the peonies.

Peony Collector by Kel Rohlf

Peonies that look like red, white and pink pom-poms.

Pink, white and red peony heads bowed down from the rain.

Now resting their frazzled heads on the ground.

Around another bend, disheveled fuschia peonies invite a shout of joy.

Now the peonies shed their petals like a shaggy dog.

Spent peonies, diminishing, leaving behind green foliage.

No more peonies line the path, now an empty bed; ready for summer’s rest.

An observer in action

4 responses to “Peony Collector”

  1. cecelialester Avatar

    Very descriptive phrases. Good job.

  2. I am so glad you’re back at your blogging!

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Hi! My name is Kel Rohlf. I am an intuitive mixed-media artist, creative writer and performer. Life is a performance. I often attend.


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