Bluebonnets in Texas (Photo)‘The Bluebonnet Sonnet’ by Fr. Richard Libby The Society May 4, 2018 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 18 Comments When spring arrives, the wildflow’rs start to grow In woods and fields, and by the country lanes. In reds and yellows, see the vernal show, Inaugurated by the winter rains! But in the state of Texas, we can say That springtime has a quite distinctive hue; The state’s official flower has its day, And crowns the grassy green with royal blue. The bluebonnets can be seen far and wide Beside each farm road, interstate, and route. For passersby, the bluebonnets provide A charming roadside floral photo shoot. The springtime brings us quite a lovely view In Texas, where both skies and flow’rs are blue. Father Richard Libby is a priest of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 18 Responses Amy Foreman May 4, 2018 Very pretty, Father Richard! Reply Fr. Richard Libby May 4, 2018 Thank you very much, Mrs. Foreman! Reply James Sale May 4, 2018 Love the pic and love the poem: very satisfying Fr Richard! Reasons to visit Texas and not get blue! Thanks. Reply Fr. Richard Libby May 4, 2018 Thank you very much, Mr. Sale! Reply Rohini Sunderam May 4, 2018 I am so happy, thanks to my friend David Hollywood, that I have discovered your site. It is so refreshing to read classical poetry and this is such a lovely perfect sonnet! Reply Fr. Richard Libby May 4, 2018 Thank you very kindly! Reply Joan Carol Fullmore May 4, 2018 Thank you for a beautiful poem and memories – my dad and husband from Texas and they are truly best men I ever met!! Reply Fr. Richard Libby May 4, 2018 I’m very pleased that my poem brings back such good memories for you; that’s a level of success that I did not anticipate and for which I’m truly grateful. Thank you! Reply Crise de Abu Wel May 4, 2018 Your poem has stirred me to compose, with Wordsworth and Browning in the back of my mind. Composed in Argyle, on the Morning of May 4, 2018 by Crise de Abu Wel for Friar Richard Libby The evening primrose, pink and white, in myriads of blooms, beneath blue Texan skies, arises—heavenly the view. See myriads while driving down the concrete corridors, so lively, lovely, one believes one’s entered heaven’s doors. How came they here, these godly forms, like spirit ghosts, alive, invasive beauty in the air, that here in Earth’s dirt thrive? Red-tailed hawks approach the silver jets that cross above, while whistling whippoorwills below compete with morning doves. O, to be in bluebonnet land when May has just touched down, on freeways of Elysium, o, here, in Texas—now. Reply Fr. Richard Libby May 4, 2018 Well, I’m very flattered that my poem has inspired another one! Thank you very much! Reply E. V. "Beth" Wyler May 4, 2018 Hello! I enjoyed reading this lovely poem. The ending is especially strong and beautiful. Reply Fr. Richard Libby May 4, 2018 Thank you very kindly! Reply David Watt May 5, 2018 A most enjoyable tribute to Texas and its flora. I didn’t know Texas hosts such spectacular bluebonnet displays. The accompanying artwork is the perfect choice. Reply Fr. Richard Libby May 5, 2018 Thank you very much, Mr. Watt! I agree with your comment about the picture; it’s lovely! Lots of wildflowers grow in Texas, and we love them all, but we have a special love for the bluebonnet. Reply David Hollywood May 5, 2018 Lovely poetry. Makes me feel good on a sunny Saturday morning. Well done. Reply Fr. Richard Libby May 5, 2018 Thank you very much, Mr. Hollywood! I’m very happy to hear it! Reply Fr. Tony Blount May 5, 2018 Excellent job Fr. Richard! Inspiring poem! Makes me like Texas even more! Reply Fr. Richard Libby May 5, 2018 Thank you very much, Father Tony!!!! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.