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Oh Lady Elder

There must be a way
but no I do not know it
by luck somehow I fostered
blessed and now I grow it
but how how can I hold on
beyond memory
to ingest and thus enfold it?
why can’t I bottle
pure extract it?
a poetry didactic
distill the common
to refract it
I waited a year!!
A whole dear year!!
and now YOUR here
lifting me with cheer
surrounded by the scent
it invades my very soul
wafting a dialect beyond my know
with the romance of your essence
blast my greed
there is a sorrow nested deep within my need
I so long to hold on to
thoroughly savor and chew indeed
breathless moments are precious
once in a lifetime
must be grokked
they must be seized
this must be an aligned metaphor
because raw longing is core
it’s wick
too wick
too green
has the elemental makings
of a true metaphoric scene
oh Lady Elder!
I hear you calling
calling me
pulling me into you
haunting infusing me
My sweet dear fragrant Elderberry
my lovely tree
my gyspy soul is restless
and beset with wandering traveller’s dreams
I know why the devil
has MADE his throne of thee!
and poor ole Judas hanged
to burst retched from your limbs
my poor unwilling enchanted tree
he would not have bothered
to trouble you
nor to trouble me
if we did not hold secrets
secrets he didn’t wish to be revealed
mystery of the heartjuice in such a fertile tree
Strengthen me
heal me
with your calling fragrance
I sweetly share all my land with thee
let it be your home too
dwell with me
my lovely


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some things are hard to explain . . . .
i do not try
i have a jar filled with blossoms near me . . .
art. will come. i will extract dye from the fruit juice.

enjoy making direct work from natural materials in my prairie and wildlife sanctuary.
i am a very restless person and I work in many different ways with a variety of media.

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.
Anne Marrow Lindbergh

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  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsover 1 year ago

    That’s beautiful, metaphoric or maybe you really do have a beloved Elderberry tree in your garden? Lots of wonderful stories around Elderberry Trees and they are also very beautiful. xx

  • This is both literal and metaphoric and . . something else . . . prophetic perhaps?
    They are truly and wildly covorting joyously all over my property and I love them!! another new favorite plant for the last two years. I am trying to bottle the scent. Thank you Jane.

    – evon ski

  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampover 1 year ago

    funnily enough elderflower and apple juice is my favourite drink
    the elder bush in full blossom has magic all of its own
    wonderfully written evon ski yvonca

  • oh i must try that juice combo Charlie, thanks for the tip!
    so you have them in England i believe . . . . thanks so much for the read and feedback too.

    – evon ski

  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampover 1 year ago

    strangely enough in the uk they are used alot in making hedges

  • how glorious!!! thanks for sharing!

    – evon ski

  • Alenka Co
    Alenka Coover 1 year ago

    :) me too ….. I love the elderberry tree and love your words to it :))

  • Hi Alenka! I thought of you while I was picking blossoms. I have some in a jar with virgin olive oil., but i don’t know if i can preserve the fragrance.:)) Thank you for reading and enjoying.

    – evon ski

  • labaker
    labakerover 1 year ago

    enchanting, like the writer :)

  • Thank you Larry. It was one of those that wrote itself. :))

    – evon ski

  • Alenka Co
    Alenka Coover 1 year ago

    You have me delving into my old herbs books :) I thought you’d like this bit, from Gilda Daisley’s book on herbs:

    in Nordic countries it is believed to be guarded by the dryad, Hylde-Moer, who must first be invoked before any part of the tree is cut down. Failure to do so results in a lifetime of haunting by the spirit

    I used to make elderberry jam from the berries ….. difficult to describe …. it was my favourite of the jams I’d make from the fruits in the garden.

  • Good thing I never cut one down! My experiment to extract the scent did not work. It was great for a day and a halh and now it changed. I have also been eating mulberries from the trees and they are pretty good too. Thanks for sharing the experience and info Alenka. :))

    – evon ski

  • Phil
    Philover 1 year ago

    A joyful sambucus ruckus

  • very well said Philbert. :)

    – evon ski

  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...over 1 year ago

    sagey on sagey

  • yes, Elderberry are pretty darn smart and I love that comment! Thank you so much my talented friend!

    – evon ski

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