NaPoWriMo Day Nineteen

Not So Green Fingers

One. Remember the rose plant you bought two weeks ago

Two. Pray

to something you only half believe in,

that it’s still alive.

Three. Quickly brush away the dead leaves,

crunchy and browning in a circle,

and after, fill the bin with odds and sods,

to hide your failure at tending a living thing.

Four. Water it!

But remember, too much and it will die

somewhat more than it already has.

Five. Let it sit,

then dispose of any remaining water,

still staining the saucer,

culled from the kitchen cupboard because

you don’t own any pretty plant pots.

Six. Buy a plant pot,

because the saucer doesn’t fit on the windowsill,

and sunlight would probably be a good thing

seeing as photosynthesis,

is pretty important for these plant types.

Seven. Pray and hope a little more.

Who knows?

Green fingers might be something you grown into.

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Green-Fingers

English: An orchid as a decorative houseplant.
English: An orchid as a decorative houseplant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My mother and I,

killed the first orchid we were given.

We are not a houseplant

sort of family.

What we grow

is out in a field,

thrown from the back of a tractor

and carefully monitored

for pH,

pot-ash deficit,

mineral level adjustment-

All to ensure optimal production

when the combine

finally drives through the gate.

I have yet to see

my mother send off soil samples,

for the daffodils

my grandmother planted in the garden.

But then again,

normally the rabbits

will have them

before the month is out.


We killed the orchid by overwatering it, and sticking it in a window sill. We have got better with orchids since then, we have managed to keep one alive for just over a year!