Vernal Icon: A Writer Wednesday Post

April 16th, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Poetry


sunny bunny

 Vernal Icon, photo and all text © Irene O’Garden, 2014

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This stunning vernal icon on our mantelpiece was created by collagist Lisa O’Rourke. (No website yet–her work was offered at  Tracy Strong’s wonderful studio sale.) Though freshly minted, it strikes an ancient chord in me–a fine untarnished image of fertility that feels at once medieval, and somehow older than Easter.

As accompaniment, here is “Rabbit,” from my Voices of Animals collection. I often share it in the classroom with young bunnies.



Spring is the heart

of the rabbit. Spring

is the haunch. My ears wing

my sound: melody of morning

runs like water down. My nibble

my gnaw my sweet root. Then danger!

rustling like birdflight,

fans my ceaseless quickenings.

How I love to be afraid!

For I know I am fast—

the holy scent passes my whiskers,

I joy in the whiz of the grass—

know fear’s good; smell speed there.

Blood runs high, worlds blur

in this great bounding game.


The turn the twitch

the switch, the hitched haunch

in twisted white wheat loosed

just before the clamping tooth,

slipping spinning kicking

bare along the pounded bank

Will I make my hole

or float above me watching?            


Wished I a safe life I’d live

as a mole! Wriggle short fur

grass tuft tail. I have known

severally this great soaring instant

of death. We die as the grass:

not at all.



How will you enjoy the rites of Spring? 



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  • Laura

    Irene is the best reason I wake up in anticipation on Wednesdays and todays lovely image and poem I am sure inspired the bunny who just hopped past my window.

    • IreneOGarden

      Thank you, Laura–no doubt the bunny was drawn by your sweetness!

  • Mark Rettman

    Love that piece by Lisa O Rourke — Thomas liked that one very much as well / see you snapped it up….. … If poets were paid their true worth you certainly would be in the ranks of Bill GATES…. so GRATEFUL FOR THE TREASURES YOU SHARE HERE… Happy Easter!

    • IreneOGarden

      Thanks, Bunny! Happy Easter to you!

  • Scott

    I must remember this:

    How I love to be afraid!

    For I know I am fast—

    as, quickly, I move into this new day.

    • IreneOGarden

      Your are quick, indeed, my friend!

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