Photo of bluebells.‘My Mother’s Eyes’ by Carl Kinsky The Society January 29, 2022 Beauty, Poetry 7 Comments . My Mother’s Eyes We took a ride into the countryside to search for bluebells but we first saw phlox. Delighted by the sight my mother cried, “Look at the flowers flutter on the rocks! Look at the bluebells!” I looked at my clock. Long ride, no blue, no bells, but don’t be snide. Still I replied, ”They’re flirts like new spring frocks, But they’re not bluebells. Bluebells are spring’s pride and joy, much better than phlox.” I can’t hide my thoughts so well, but I tried not to mock her as she saw by the creek, eyes sky wide, parades of bluebells, face rapt and awestruck. I wish I could see with my mother’s eyes bluebells and phlox, perpetually surprised. . . Carl Kinsky is a country lawyer living in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News: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) 7 Responses Paul Freeman January 29, 2022 You’ve captured this moment in time like a film, Carl. It’s very vivid. And I like the final couplet – it says so much. Thank you for the read. Reply Paul Freeman January 29, 2022 Oh, and a fabulous photo from Evan! Reply Carl Kinsky January 29, 2022 Thanks for the generous words You reminded me of Dante Rossetti’s line “A Sonnet’s a moment’s monument.” I agree the photo’s great. Can’t wait to see the real thing again. C.B. Anderson January 29, 2022 I’d like to know, Carl, whether these are Spanish or English bluebells. I have lots of the Spanish ones in my garden, and their appearance in late spring is an event always looked forward to with eager anticipation. And you are right — they are better than phlox, whether Phlox divaricata, P. subulata or P. stolonifera. Reply Carl Kinsky January 29, 2022 Virginia bluebells. They grow here, typically in wooded floodplains and are electric blue. They epitomize the excitement of the early spring garden for me. Reply C.B. Anderson January 31, 2022 Virginia bluebells, then. Mertensia virginica. They don’t flourish here in Massachusetts as well as they might in other climes, and I’m not sure which species the photo above actually represents, but ultimately a bluebell is a bluebell is a bluebell. If you live in Missouri, I’m sure the other species I mentioned would do well there. Give them a try and send back your report. Carl Kinsky February 1, 2022 The Battle of the Bluebells. Sounds like a reality TV show I might actually want to watch 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.