poetry and prose about place

beneath the vine

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Vines sculpt spaces as they grow, clinging to and draping across the surfaces they choose to colonise.  

Telephone poles display armloads of Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia ( L.) Planch.)  …

The moose fence along the highway is softened by a curtain of Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana L.) …

Purple grapes, ready to pick, fill the arbour with soft shade… 


ripened shadows


under layered leaves

marbled shadows hang

in cloistered dark


cool nonchalance

columnar grey intensifies

as grapes grow ripe


taut green ferments

to purple must

and effervesces air


even where no surface intercepts

clustered shadows

ready to pick


© Jane Tims  2011

Written by jane tims

October 17, 2011 at 7:05 am

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  1. Agreed- the verse has a great vibe. Plus, I’m a Virginia Creeper fan!


    Watching Seasons

    October 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    • I love Virginia Creeper. The plant on our power pole is from a small slip I collected down by the St. John River about 30 years ago. Every year the wind knocks it down and every year it patiently climbs the pole again. Jane


      jane tims

      October 23, 2011 at 8:05 am

  2. I enjoy the feel of this poem. The first verse has something especially that appeals to me & i don’t know why or what, but think it might be (Im pretty ignorant about poetry I have to admit) something similar to what I like so much in Dylan Thomas’s poetry;It conjours up a sort of velvet richness!

    The previous post about the kennings is also very interesting & as someone who hasn’t studied litterature(although I enjoy reading) it helps me to think a bit about the structure & how that might be creating an effect in my response.


    Sonya Chasey

    October 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    • Hi. A huge compliment as I love Dylan Thomas’s poetry. The kennings are a particularly rich poetic device and it is fun to make them for the various images I encounter. Jane


      jane tims

      October 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

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