The poems I wrote, unwrinkled, seem too smooth, too
shiny to soothe me now, so I’ll start over. I’ll see if I can
hush those cheery birds and soften the shriek of fragrance
descending from the magnolia tree that ascends out back,
like a magnanimous monarch, beside our humble deck.
Jasmine distracts me, and Ligustrum makes me wistful with
its sweet baby oil odor emanating from the tiny flowers of
another world. Someone said China dug down far enough
to give root to Florida flora – from azaleas and bamboo to
citrus trees and ruffled zinnias, which insert Sylvia Plath’s
orange into our citron-green terrain. Oh, what dreadfully
upbeat colors! What perky suppositions threaten to deter
me from finding out for sure.
Surely research will start me over. Surely research can hush
my happy mouth. Surely research can dig up dull data for a
somber view supposedly needed for poets and poems to be
taken seriously. Eagerly, I look up origins of our yard plants
in hopes of uncovering their dreary roots, but, dismayed I
discover ruffled red-orange zinnias, perkily popping up in my
garden of verse, bringing bright beauty and vibrant greetings
Mary Harwell Sayler‘s bio:
Mary Harwell Sayler began writing poems in childhood but, as an adult, wrote almost everything except poetry! Eventually she placed three dozen books in all genres including poetry and how-to books on poetry and writing. She also maintains the Poetry Editor blog and provides resources for poets and writers on her website. Recently she collected almost all of the prayers in the Bible from many English translations, paraphrased them into contemporary language, and published the Book of Bible Prayers. She then published the prayer book in the King James Version only, the Book of KJV Prayers.