Friday, January 5, 2018

I Wish I'd Written This

hunts sapphire dragonflies along the creek
and searches for the turtle blue as sea.
He knows a string of stories, azure beads
be-speckled with the dust of every land;
so many fables, all of them quite true
in a young boy’s mind, vibrant as a week
of Saturdays. He weighs each one against
the facts he learns and tries to understand
at school. But every lesson that he reads
denies that there’s a lamb with cobalt eyes
who dares to walk among the wildest beasts.
This boy would hold blue heaven in his hand,
adventuring the way that larkspur leads
and loving sky-blue wind upon his cheek.

Taylor Graham

Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the California Sierra and serves as El Dorado County’s first poet laureate.

She’s been writing and publishing poems for over forty years, online and in print, including The Iowa Review, Poetry International, Southern Humanities Review, and the anthologies California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara Univ) and Villanelles (Everyman’s Library, London).

Books include What the Wind Says (2013), poems about her forty-plus years of living, training, and searching with German Shepherd dogs; Walking with Elihu: poems on Elihu Burritt, the Learned Blacksmith (2010), and Uplift (2016). Much of her poetry is nature-oriented with a sense of the bond between humanity and other living creatures.

You can find her books at her website, and on Amazon.  You can also see some of her poems at PoemHunter.

The photo was taken at 'a poetry read-around' at her local library.

She frequently shares her poetry at Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides Blog, a division of Writer's Digest, where I sometimes participate too. It's always lovely work and she frequently wins or is placed in the various 'challenges' Robert runs at Poetic Asides.

This gorgeous sonnet particularly caught my imagination, for both its beauty and its message. I think it can speak for itself without any further words from me.

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  1. "But every lesson that he reads
    denies ..." Hard to compare Saturdays to this kind of thinking. I LOVE this Blue sonnet which reminds me of so much joy.

  2. Such a beautiful poem. I can see the face of that boy who loves blue. I love the poet's line of work, lovely to spend all those years with dogs. I will have to check out poems she wrote about them. Nice that she is a poet laureate. Did i tell you that tiny Tofino, of 1500 souls, will have its own poet laureate this year? Rosemary, you always bring us interesting poets. Thank you for all you do.

  3. I am just entranced by this poem of color and play and childhood and a love of life....I agree what an amazing poet you are sharing today! Thank you....

  4. Thanks for sharing, Rosemary. I have been reading her on line for years. Nice to put a face to the name.

  5. Lovely - the blues, throughout, bestow a special enchantment on this 'heavenly' piece.

  6. Thank you for introducing me to Taylor Graham, Rosemary. I had never come across her before but will be looking her up.
    I love the way she explores the different kinds of blue through the boy's eyes and especially the lines:
    'He knows a string of stories, azure beads
    be-speckled with the dust of every land;
    so many fables, all of them quite true'
    'This boy would hold blue heaven in his hand,
    adventuring the way that larkspur leads'

  7. This is a beautiful poem. Such rich imagery in every line. "sapphire dragonflies" seem to be dwellers of paradise.

  8. This is such a lovelyta poem. Makes me think of my grandson who loves the color green. I must read more of this poet's work. Thank you for her introduction.

  9. What a beautiful sonnet! And what a fascinating glimpse into the poet's life. I do think I will check into reading more of her works!


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