Fall Writing Frenzy: The Flower That Grew in My Garden

This is the second year of the Fall Writing Frenzy hosted by Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis. My entry was inspired by a cumulative poem by Nicola Davies, “The Loaf That Jack Baked,” in Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature and this image:

Image 14 courtesy of Susan Kaye Leopold

The Flower That Grew in My Garden
by Rose Cappelli

This is the flower, wild and free,
that grew in my garden.

This is the bee, all fuzzy and buzzy,
that carried the spores
to the flower that grew in my garden.

This is the blossom, yellow and full,
that beckoned the bee
to the flower that grew in my garden.

This is the bud, as green as a pea,
that fashioned the blossom
that beckoned the bee
to the flower that grew in my garden.

This is the shoot, with heart-shaped leaves,
that produced the bud
that fashioned the blossom
that beckoned the bee
to the flower that grew in my garden.

This is the seed, so striped and ripe,
that sprouted the shoot
that produced the bud
that fashioned the blossom
that beckoned the bee
to the flower that grew in my garden.

This is the dog with the fur, dark and dense,
that shimmied and shook and scattered the seed
that sprouted the shoot
that produced the bud
that fashioned the blossom
that beckoned the bee
to the flower that grew…

Wild and free!

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29 Responses to Fall Writing Frenzy: The Flower That Grew in My Garden

  1. Jennifer Raudenbush says:

    Rose, I love your beautiful poem. The cumulative form is perfect for it. The visuals are great! Best of luck in the contest.

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  2. This is so clever! I want this to be published so I can read it to my daughters! Great work! 🙂

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  3. Well done. I enjoyed this. Really beautiful rhythm. Good luck

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  4. Karen says:

    This is lovely, and educational, and uplifting all in one! Love it!

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  5. Colleen Owen Murphy says:

    Great cumulative, as well as educational, entry!

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  6. The cumulative form you picked is so creative, clever and original! Really enjoyed this! Good luck!

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  7. Matt says:

    This was really fun! Good luck!

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  8. Sarah Meade says:

    Love this, Rose! Fun to read aloud and fun images.

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  9. Kelly Conroy says:

    I love this!! Great job!

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  10. mdpwallace says:

    I love how you built the story in upon itself in such a beautiful, lyrical way. Beautiful work!

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  11. Fran Haley says:

    Gorgeous photo to write to – so full of color – and the cause-and-effect chain in the poem is so much fun to read. I heard echoes of “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” and the reading has that lilt to it, excepting that your images are so natural and lovely … this is the flower, full of color and sun, that spawned this poem in your poem-garden!

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  12. Connie Bergstein Dow says:

    Hi Rose, PB& J Friend,

    Beautiful poem, lovely images! Good luck in the contest.

    Best,

    Connie

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  13. margaretsmn says:

    Love the form and how you worked with it so beautifully.

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  14. cvarsalona says:

    Rose, the first two stanzas set the tone and the pace of your delightful poem that hints of a nursery rhyme.- Great accompanying photo

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  15. lindabaie says:

    This is wonderful, Rose. It is one I loved reading aloud! It seems like a picture book coming!

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  16. I could picture a teacher having a lovely read along with her students! So many rich descriptions! Nice!

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  17. Linda Mitchell says:

    oooooh, I love this form. You make me want to give it a try. Favorites? “green as a pea” and “heart-shaped leaves.”

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  18. anneuro says:

    Gorgeous! Your ingenious use of the cumulative form cleverly echoes growth, the cycle of life, and the interdependence of nature. I loved your inventive double-descriptors, too. I especially enjoyed “This is the bee, all fuzzy and buzzy,” @AnneLipton

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  19. kareneastlund4898 says:

    A lot of fun in the fashion of The House that Jack Built. I love a retake of the classics, and you did so well! Bravo…

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  20. maryleehahn says:

    I ADORE cumulative stories and poems! The craft involved in making this poem flow is evident…in the poem’s perfect flow!

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  21. mbhmaine says:

    Oh, this is a perfect marriage of form and content. Well done! What fabulous word choice and imagery. You make this look effortless!

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  22. Tabatha says:

    Hooray for flowers and all the creatures that help them bloom wild and free!

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  23. macrush53 says:

    This is a wonderful poem and I am in that garden.

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  24. Judy Egan says:

    This would be great for Storytime! Such a fun poem and educational.

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  25. I’m actually not a huge fan of The House That Jack Built spin offs, but it seems I really like them when it comes to STEM! This was wonderful! Also, one of our favorite books in our house is The Forest in the Trees by Connie McLennan, based on your story here, I think you’d love it too 🙂

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