Friday, June 14, 2013

~the chrysalis of spring~--By James Rasmusson--United States

~the chrysalis of spring~

undulating mounds of snow and ice
with fissures arches and caves
give way to an ever lengthening day

before a golden sunset
the chrysalis of spring
begins to crumble

an intrepid tulip springs forth
through a blanket of snow

James began writing in the 1960’s and immediately showed a love for seasonal, humorous, and philosophical poetry. In the late 70’s, he became an ardent photographer and soon found that the two artistic mediums cross pollinated each other. West Michigan is an art Mecca with over 100 galleries and art camps with Jim residing in the lovely coastal town of Holland, Michigan. A practitioner of Surat Shabd Yoga since 1972, his art is an expression of his lifetime love affair with nature and his quest for truth. James is the winner of many awards in both photography and poetry including the 2005 Shadow Poetry 5th biannual chapbook competition. The artist says he likes to underscore the abstract and tease the mind and be ever alert for juxtapositions that express irony, absurdity, and poignancy, desiring for people to feel both tension and resolution in his compositions.


  1. I love poetry about nature and especially seasonal poetry. Beautiful gentle reading that is well written...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  2. Jim

    How beautiful it is to slide down the ice of your first stanza to what will be a beautiful butterfly spring. I saw the tulips of Holland in Europe and am told they are just as beautiful as in Michigan. Can it be?


  3. Dear James,

    A beautiful visual on Spring about to blossom. Lovely work and enjoyed reading.