Pondering Magnolia Shapes (New Poem by Polly Castor with Photos)

Pondering Magnolia Shapes (New Poem by Polly Castor with Photos)

Magnolia shapes

Pondering Magnolia Shapes

What shapes do you love?
I’m into circles and dots
and leaves and branches too.
Be aware of what you love
and then study it,
inhale it, and imbibe it.
That’s what I’d recommend.
Breathe it in, bask in it,
marinate in it, emulate it.
I’m immersing in
these magnolia shapes,
which are a total treat
to me every year.
I’m grateful for all the
aerobatic idiosyncrasies
they unabashedly proclaim,
pirouetting in the breeze,
for as long as they last,
which they blithely
have no control over,
flagrantly spending out
their outrageous beauty,
not caring
how much of a mess
they make in the process,
knowing that their
passionate expression
will just provide
mulch for the world.
Although so temporal
and overly sensitive,
I love them and yearn to
amplify and articulate them;
bringing more of their
profuse limber essence
and quirky, flexible forms
my into my life’s work,
exercising such gorgeousness
and suppleness and extravagance
in my thinking and in my art.
What shape are you in?
I’m either round
or organic it seems,
curvy, unfurling,
splaying open,
and bursting out
like a magnolia,
velvety with
uninhibited exuberance.

by Polly Castor






























I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Kay 1 year ago


  2. Karen H Montanaro 1 year ago

    Wonderful, Polly!!! Thank you!

  3. Brian G 1 year ago

    Beautiful! But, did you just call me temporal and oh so sensitive? Grin – love the poem, it just unfurled so nicely!

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