how to describe a redbud?

ethereal.
posed beside a white dogwood,
you become fairyland
if i stand still and watch long enough,
i’ll see you
lift satin-shod toes and dance
an airy bit of Swan Lake.
–but only in some obscure ratio of sunlight and shadow…
outside of that moment, waiting is useless.

independent.
blooming out in a Bohemian frenzy of color
putting to shame the pink dogwood
(unnatural, unfriendly pink. like someone
tried to transport Japan
but squished it into
English manor subservience.
…so mild-mannered.)
paired with a pale weeping willow,
you are the dress that my
little hippie self wants to wear
dancing through clover

subtle
(my favorite)
-and it’s kind of a ragamuffin look-
resting quietly beside a dark evergreen
your branches standing out black in the sunshine
and blacker in the rain
not quite blending in,
or begging for attention… merely
complementing

you are
one
of the reasons.
i never want to leave kentucky.

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About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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4 Responses to how to describe a redbud?

  1. sarah says:

    i love redbuds! i know spring is on the immediate way when i start to see them. it’s the one plant that i can identify :o)

    again, you have pleased my eyes with this. your poem about dandelions is my favorite that i’ve read of yours, but this one may top it after a few reads.

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  2. Ken says:

    You do know we have plenty of redbuds in North Carolina too, don’t you?
    Don’t forget where home is.
    Uncle Ken

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  3. emily says:

    I really wish you’d post again, ruthie. . . 🙂

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  4. Papaw says:

    We came to Kentucky one time when the redbuds were blooming. You are right. There is really something special about the redbuds in Kentucky. I think that was one of the most beautiful trips I ever remember taking to Kentucky. I know we have redbuds in NC but I don’t remember seeing their beauty displayed like I saw there.

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