30-Day Poetry: 19

Day 19—Imagine yourself doing any household task/chore, then write a poem using what you’ve imagined as an extended metaphor for writing.

Watering the houseplants

When I water the houseplants—
the common lavender, peppermint, hyacinth,
onion chives, ivy, wild flowers, California poppies
(orange) and Oriental (a “brilliant red”), miniature
yellow roses, Irish clover, and cat grass—

I never know which plant will flower
or when, or if any will flourish at all.
Poppy blossoms are bright and beautiful
and fresh peppermint tastes good in tea,
but I must not count my flowers before they bloom.

I can only take these little seedlings, surprises
inside tiny cases, plant them with love and water
them with care, give them the sun and shade them
from bitter cold, prune back the dead leaves and branches,
and then let them thrive.

Prompts here

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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