Poetry | A Girl's Garden Poem by Robert Frost
Researching Dahlia's On The Internet
We are nearing the end of October, some leaves fall, but most still cling to the trees. The hydrangeas, fruit trees, hedges and the abundant brightly colored dahlias catch my eye. One plant in front of my front step crawls along the mondo grass, a type of liriape. Since no stakes hold her up, she sprawls and spreads her foliage, with the heavy blooms cushioned on top of the dark forest greenery.
Thus, began my arduous search for a dahlia poem to tell my grandchild. Hours of work and nothing to show for it. Had all the great classical poets simply forgotten to mention the lovely 50,000 varieties of multiple shapes, sizes and single and two-toned colored flowers?
Instead, I learned some history of the plant, how it traveled from Mexico to Europe and who first gave this flower a name. You can easily find information about caring for the plant from the designated dahlia organizations. An an unsolved Hollywood murder case of a young lady from Massachusetts carries her name in black. And the dahlia is the official flower of Seattle, Washington.
- HISTORY | In my hours of internet research about these gorgeous plants, I hardly turned up any poems. However, we learn some history of the garden darling that was named for the Swedish botanist Anders Dahl (1751 -1789). Dahlia's are hybrids in the Asteraceae family that come in many color tones and varieties.
- CARE OF PLANT | They are beautiful when cut and put in a vase or a bowl of water. Even now nearing November mine are still in full bloom. Snap the flower head and place in a bowl of water, it will last for a week or more in full color.
- LEGEND | Beth Short known as The Black Colored Dahlia | Hollywood’s most famous unsolved case occurred in January of 1947 when this young 22 year old from Massachusetts on her way to stardom in Hollywood was mysteriously murdered. She dressed in black, wore geisha-girl makeup and wore a flower in her hair. Friends called her "The Black Dahlia" after a 1946 movie entitled, “The Blue Dahlia” featuring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.
Still, I turned up nothing, but instead found another gem of a poem by Robert Frost. In fact, as I prepared this blog, I found the poem set to music and performed widely in high school and college girl's choirs. Who knew?
Thus, you will first read an original poem from all the meanderings, and then the reading for tonight.
Inspiration's roots spring forth from our need to share
while the autumn season's white clouds pass along in the air.
One little poem flashes her firefly light
another trails on and on, but it's just not right.
Blake so ghoulish, who'd speak to children glum
in those heartfelt somber love tones that he'd begun?
Though, he speaks the truth from careful listening
to weeds and thorny plants with morning dew a'glistening.
Yet, dahlia poems hours arduously ferreting
bring none of her softly pointed leaves to delight with meriting.
Unearthing no such garden flowers, that's my plight
With splendor's eye, I must compose my own dahlia poesy tonight!
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Day Three Reading To Grandchildren
A Girl's Garden by Robert Frost
A NEIGHBOR of mine in the village
Likes to tell how one spring
When she was a girl on the farm,
she did a childlike thing.
One day she asked her father
To give her a garden plot
To plant and tend and reap herself,
And he said, "Why not?"
In casting about for a corner
He thought of an idle bit
Of walled-off ground where a shop had stood,
And he said, "Just it."
And he said, "That ought to make you
An ideal one-girl farm,
And give you a chance to put some strength
On your slim-jim arm."
It was not enough of a garden,
Her father said, to plough;
So she had to work it all by hand,
But she don't mind now.
She wheeled the dung in the wheelbarrow
Along a stretch of road;
But she always ran away and left
Her not-nice load.
And hid from anyone passing.
And then she begged the seed.
She says she thinks she planted one
Of all things but weed.
A hill each of potatoes,
Radishes, lettuce, peas,
Tomatoes, beets, beans, pumpkins, corn,
And even fruit trees
And yes, she has long mistrusted
That a cider apple tree
In bearing there to-day is hers,
Or at least may be.
Her crop was a miscellany
When all was said and done,
A little bit of everything,
A great deal of none.
Now when she sees in the village
How village things go,
Just when it seems to come in right,
She says, "I know!
It's as when I was a farmer--"
Oh, never by way of advice!
And she never sins by telling the tale
To the same person twice.
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