Woman With Plant, By Debi Swim

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.
Thrived.

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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 redwolfeditions@gmail.com Submission guidelines here.

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