NaPoWriMo 2016, Poetry
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NaPoWriMo Day Five

You And Your Plants

Echinacea Paradoxa.

You roll the words like toffee

smiling as you speak.

This garden is a mismatch

of colour and of smells.

Your patch-worked herbs

climbing through the trellises

until the wood creaks

and hides its grain beneath green.

You dug out these borders

and then crammed them full

of sprouting leaves

jostling for more space,

their flowers open faces

crowding in your wake.

The pathways are cracked

and full of creeping roots,

where the small, white flowers

choose to bloom.

Here there is chaos in the method

and beauty in rebellion.

There are no weeds in your garden,

and here I feel welcome.

Day Five and I’m still working with the prompts for once. I’m not what you would call a green fingered person. I love plants and I love flowers, but buy me one in a pot and it’s got a limited life expectancy. Anyway, I thought I’d write a poem about someone a little better in the garden than I am. I hope you enjoyed it.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.

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