Plains Coreopsis aka Golden Tickseed or Goldenwave (Coreopsis tinctoria)
May 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm
Your photographs of these flowers are beautiful. I want to share a poem I wrote precisely for these flowers. The poem was inspired by paintings of Plains Coreopsis that the cousin of my poetry workshop leader painted. I have been looking around your website and I like what you’ve written.
Sitting on the window
sill new flowers
ones I’d never seen
Yellow petals flowering
out from within dark
maroon hearts invisibly beating
I stare at the starbursts
in the flowerbox wondering
how they arrived on my sill
Stray seeds perhaps flying
over the Great Plains
winds helping them along
Until gravity finally brought
them down to earth
like fallen stars to rest
Precisely in my window
box sleeping quietly
waiting for the right moment
To open greet me
Invite me over
For a cup of sweetness
May 22, 2011 at 8:02 am
Laura, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your poem. I really enjoyed it, especially that sense of wonder at how plants travel and appear in unexpected places.
May 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm
My favorite wildflower! I’ve known it by the common name Goldenwave.
May 22, 2011 at 8:03 am
I’m just learning these flowers and so find myself sometimes having to choose between names for post titles. I’ll add goldenwave to the post, though, because I quite like it.
May 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm
That bottom photo would make for a great cover for a book of poems.
They are all quite stunning, James.
May 22, 2011 at 8:05 am
Thank you, mark. I’ll have to keep that in mind. Speaking of books of poems, I received yours the other day. I’m looking forward to delving into it.
May 18, 2011 at 6:59 am
What a beautiful pairing of colours. Not a flower that we have over here, sadly. I must check to see if they’re available commercially.
May 22, 2011 at 8:06 am
Thanks, Dick. We’ve got a lot of these yellow and reds around here this time of year.
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