Jimson Weed Moon

Unrpompted for Hedge’s 55. I felt a needed a brain cleanse from the prompt earlier this week of Frida Kahlo’s works. In Native American medicine, jimson weed was used as an hallucinogenic along with peyote. I am using the painting of one of my favorite artists, Georgia O’Keefe. This is also posted on Poets United Poetry Pantry.

Jimson Weed Moon
The moon is a Georgia O’Keefe painting.
Stark white against a black sky
in the museum of the night
It hangs perfectly poised,
glowing in its frame of stars.
Jimson weed moon.
Curling its tendrils about the night –
I thought I was hallucinating
but it was just an owl gliding overhead,
silent as dust.

Jimson Weed, Georgia O’Keefe – fair use

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charmed Chaos
    May 04, 2018 @ 16:12:20

    Lovely Toni!


  2. Shawna
    May 04, 2018 @ 17:46:08

    “The moon is a Georgia O’Keefe painting.
    … in the museum of the night …
    Jimson weed moon.
    Curling its tendrils”

    That is so crazy cool.


  3. hedgewitch
    May 04, 2018 @ 19:11:01

    A very evocative image–both in words and one of my favorite O’Keefe’s–it all hangs together as perfectly as that pale round intoxicating and dangerous moon hangs in her personal diorama. We have native jimsonweed (datura) growing along the back fence–it’s gorgeous, but don’t eat the leaves or roots–the seeds supposedly will get you high, but I’m not going there at my age. ;_) Thanks for playing Toni.


    • kanzensakura
      May 04, 2018 @ 21:27:53

      I hear you. We don’t have it here otherwise some idiot would be o’ding on a regular basis. I too love this image by O’Keefe. She is one of my favorite “modern” artists.


  4. Vivian Zems
    May 05, 2018 @ 02:21:33



  5. annell4
    May 05, 2018 @ 09:26:05

    Loved each word. And I also love Georgia O’Keefe, and I love her paintings of the Jimson weed.


  6. coalblack
    May 05, 2018 @ 19:08:10

    I love vines, and the moon, and the night sky, and owls with their silent wings, so you know I love this.


  7. Mama Zen
    May 06, 2018 @ 00:06:53

    You had me at the title! This is gorgeous!


  8. Kerry
    May 06, 2018 @ 04:55:14

    What a stunning analogy!


  9. Donna@LivingFromHappiness
    May 06, 2018 @ 15:47:57

    Well done and a perfect O’Keefe painting to accompany your words!


  10. Sherry Marr
    May 06, 2018 @ 19:03:09

    That owl, gliding silent as dust….wonderful!


  11. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    May 06, 2018 @ 20:59:47

    Oh, magical! Georgia O’Keefe is one of my great favourites too.


  12. ZQ
    May 06, 2018 @ 21:51:36



  13. kim881
    May 07, 2018 @ 02:49:58

    I don’t think we have jimson weed over here, but we do have bindweed which looks similar. It’s also known as ‘granny pops out of the bed’ but I don’t think it’s hallucinogenic. I love the Georgia O’Keefe painting and the lines:
    ‘in the museum of the night
    It hangs perfectly poised,
    glowing in its frame of stars’.


  14. sanaarizvi
    May 07, 2018 @ 04:42:07

    This is gorgeous, Toni!💞


  15. thotpurge
    May 07, 2018 @ 06:00:37

    Fabulous opening line especially!


  16. ayala
    May 07, 2018 @ 10:07:13

    Evocative poem! Love it!


  17. Sarah Russell
    May 08, 2018 @ 00:13:50

    Ooooo, so many great images here. I love ‘museum of the night’ and ‘framed in stars.’ Love this write!!


  18. Mary
    May 12, 2018 @ 21:58:34

    This is just beautiful! Georgia O’Keefe’s work is indeed inspiring. Your words do very well by this painting. I am not familiar with jimson weed either really.


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