Under the Orange Tree

While browsing through blog posts on WordPress.com one day, I found a blog called A Writer’s Path. The site has regular writing prompts, and I found one I liked – ORANGE TREE. Well, it has to do with a tree for starters, and I like plants. 🙂

The poem tells the fictitious story of a less-than-picture-perfect life of a girl. She blossoms into a woman, falls in love, gets married, but ultimately parts from her partner. However, she finds happiness in her family of three children, her dog and nature. To accompany the poem, I have also done a simple illustration with my coloured pencils and Artline 210 pen.

Under the Orange Tree

Under the Orange Tree

Under the orange tree
I would spend my time
In the woods; blissfully free
Simple pleasures enjoyed; sublime

Lying under the orange tree
I craved for naught, but the breeze
Unshackled youth; carefree
Until pollen made me sneeze

Under the orange tree
Was the first time I saw you
With your friends, filled with glee
The sight of you moved me; the feeling grew

Under the orange tree; in the moonlight
Was the first time I kissed you
Encircled by fireflies; shining bright
The beginning of something new

Under the orange tree
Strewn with autumn leaves
We parted ways; to the humming of bees
You moved on; I was left to grieve

Under the orange tree
Years later; in the blossoming spring
Surrounded by loved ones; three
Children grown up; now I’m free

Under the orange tree
Reminiscing happy memories; smiling thoughtfully
With beloved dog at my knee
Gladness once again; painting artfully

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
27 February 2015

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Cloud

Today, I wrote a poem about clouds for the Malaysian Writers FB Group writing prompt. It is an acrostic poem where the first letter of each line in the poem spells out the word CLOUD.

I was also in the mood to draw, which is a very rare occurrence indeed. I drew a simple illustration with my trusty Artline pen to complement the poem. Actually, I was inspired to illustrate my poems after reading William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, an illustrated collection of poems.  A master engraver, Blake illustrated, printed and illuminated the poems of Songs of Innocence himself in 1789. Five years later, he bound these poems with a set of new poems, Songs of Experience, in a volume entitled Songs of Innocence and of Experience Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul. I was fortunate enough to acquire a book featuring the complete volume of poems with their original illustrations 2 weeks ago. 🙂  William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English painter, poet and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

CLOUD

Come with me; fly with the breeze

Live free as a bird; go where you please

Over deserts, mountains and seas

Under the glorious sun; respite from the heat

Despair no more; blessed rain, it’s my treat

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
24 February 2015