Renew Your Mind

dverse Razzle Dazzle Me! Posted by
So for today’s Poetics, I’m asking you to kick up your heels a bit with me! Give me the ole razzle dazzle! Sparkle me with a mood”


What sleight of hand turned green
to shades of autumn hue
then let them drop in bunches
at the slightest wind that blew?

What forethought made the oaks
yield the acorn for squirrel and deer
teach them where to curl up safely
when the first snows appear?

What imagination put the Dippers
pointing to Polaris in an inky sky
leading travelers northward
to freedom by and by

There is magic and majesty
everywhere you look
planning and provision
from some great ledger book

and season come and season go
and earth still turns on her axis
so midst all the negative is the good
you’ll find it with a little practice.


09sep14_430The Big Dipper was an important part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Slaves escaping from the South were told to “follow the Drinking Gourd” to the North, according to the website The Constellations and Their Stars.


17 thoughts on “Renew Your Mind

  1. I especially love the second stanza! It is so true that there is “magic and majesty” everywhere we look — if we just take the time to look. I find that writing poetry increases the probability that I will look more deeply – is it that way with you? Thank you for posting — I am bedazzled here! 🙂


  2. I love this poem and the questions it asks. I actually am reading a book by Barbara Hambly in her Ben January series of books that begins with the first, Free Man of Color. Her latest in the series is The Drinking Gourd, based on the Underground Railway and those who helped or followed.


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