how to tend your poem

27 Feb

potted poemYour teacher reads
a poem
about a flower,
about a fly
attracted to a flame:
The folly.

You listen
with half your heart,
holding the other half
slightly out of sight,
where you will

feed it
your own poems
as you grow
and bend
and flourish
maybe wilt in the evening
sometimes
drink the rain
spread your roots
and make up
verse upon verse upon verse

until you’re ready
to carry one

outdoors,
set it on the porch
and share it with the sun.

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One Response to “how to tend your poem”

  1. joyre65 February 28, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    I absolutely LOVE this poem! It makes me so happy!!!

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