Woman With Plant
By Debi Swim
Barely 16 Ezra brought me here
course it didn’t look like it does now
that took a lot of back-breaking work,
a lot of prayer and beseeching
and a toll on body, mind and spirit.
I know you’re not fond of me girl
I reckon it don’t much matter
we get along alright, respect each other
you’re a good wife to my son
will be mistress of this farm anon
I wasn’t always this hard
drought, misery, sickness, death
kinda drives the soft right out a body
and a hard man makes for a hard heart
but don’t mind my sharp tongue
When you look at this picture
years down the way
with your looks etched by sun
and seared by dry winds
I hope the plant has survived.
Grant Wood, Woman With Plant
Sansevieria trifasciata is most commonly known as the snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, and viper’s bowstring hemp, among other names.
Debi Swim writes primarily to prompts. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and persistent WV poet. Blog: https://georgeplaceblog.wordpress.com
Editor’s note: Debi’s poem will appear in a new release by Red Wolf Editions, Time Is A River Without Banks, an Ekphrastic Poetry edition. If you wish to submit, you can do so by end February 2019. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org Submission guidelines here.