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Paula Schulz


What a life! The mad scramble of ants

into wild luxury of peony.

So many slipping between sheets of living

tissue, the scent a fierce fascination.

Wandering in, they open the bud-bowl

like a universe of their own making.


There in the dizzying Bacchanalia

of light filtered through screens of raucous color,

each ant creates the atmosphere of its life,

shaping it about him like a potter working

a hollow into clay. Oh, to sticky-live--

Monet shades fragrant and clinging to you,


life unfolding to its core.


This poem first appeared in Bellowing Ark.
Used here with the author’s permission.



Paula Schulz has taught students in kindergarten, college, and a few grades in between. Involved with the Poetry People in Waukesha and, for the last two years, the Pewaukee Area Arts Council's ekphrastic project, Paula lives with her husband in Slinger, Wisconsin.


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chris schulz:
"Oh, to sticky-live, Monet shades fragrant and clinging to you..." great escape into such pleasant reverie...we have the same spelling of our last name, like that!
Posted 05/21/2014 11:07 AM
Wilda Morris:
Open the bud-bowl, sticky-live, Monet shades fragrant and clinging to you. . . . lovely! Thanks. I'll remember this each time I look out the kitchen window at my peonies, each time I pick one and shake the ants out before taking it into the house.
Posted 05/15/2014 01:16 PM
Another good one, Paula! Wild luxury of peony, indeed.
Posted 05/15/2014 11:36 AM
I really liked your poem. We lived in a house that had 2 peony plants in the yard, and I couldn't believe how many ants visited the blossoms! However, the plants were under my clothesline and the ants made their way up the post and across the rope and into a kitchen window once!
Posted 05/15/2014 11:26 AM
A beautiful poem, Paula. And a different twist with the ants. Artful.
Posted 05/15/2014 10:58 AM
fascinating point of view
Posted 05/15/2014 09:22 AM
Janet Leahy:
Reading this poem I am wrapped in the fragrance, the beauty of the peony, thanks Paula for this masterpiece.
Posted 05/15/2014 07:56 AM
Thank you, Paula, for leading us with the ants into the beauty of spring. Your imagery and word choices are so well chosen. Marilyn
Posted 05/15/2014 07:24 AM
Sort of like a Georgia O'Keefe painting in words. Lovely... (And I can look out the window and see my neighbor's pink peonies blooming!)
Posted 05/15/2014 07:10 AM
Fun. Artful.
Posted 05/14/2014 11:31 PM

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