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Day 22 – Nocturne

“Nature detonates your mind with the incalculable freshness of the new day” 
~ Jim Harrison

Day 22 of the 28 Days of Unreason gives us a quote to boggle the mind with his word choices.  All 28 days are lines of Harrison’s poetry from Songs of Unreason.  My poetic response to this prompt is entitled Nocturne, but does not necessarily fit the definition of a poem in that style. I simply turned Harrison’s line to the perspective of the nocturnal creatures of this world.


Pomegranate pours
seed of life
fertilizing the awakening
chorus of crickets
night bugs and tree frogs
tree frogs

photo by Jilly

tree frogs
usher in the newly born

poppying me into that deep
green-black world
where I freely see


© Jilly’s  All Rights Reserved



A wild soul writing poetry.

24 thoughts on “Day 22 – Nocturne

  1. Tree frogs as ushers, rain as the seeds of cricket and tree frog choruses, and you being poppied into a state of heightened awareness. You gotta go a little easier on those doses of Harrison!

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  2. I had to look up pomegranate symbolism as soon as I read that first line and as you tell us here, it is a symbol of fertility but more importantly in French it is “pomme-grenade,” an ingenious link to Harrison’s “detonate.” I love “night bugs and tree frogs, tree frogs, tree frogs” I can hear the rib-its!

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    1. Bravo! You are an ideal student; you looked it up and made multiple connections. That makes my day 🙂 The Pom has much symbolism attached to it and there is speculation by some that it was the fruit in the Garden of Eden, which adds even more baggage to it.

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    1. Wow, thank you. Funny thing, my favorite during these 28 days was day 11, He Loves Me; He Loves Me Not which was wirtten in that quirky little coffee shop and was sparked by the flower on the cup. This one was written in the same place (same chair, even) and was sparked by a cup with a pomegranate image on it. I wonder how many coffee cups they have…


      1. Good question. I went back to reread that one. Yes, very fresh, great movement, language. I guess I like the way this moves towards its conclusion. But tough choice, both are wonderful.

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