A Poem about a Flower (NaPoWriMo 2016)

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a poem about a flower. It didn’t quite go as I hoped. So I wrote about that, instead.

A Poem about a Flower

I tried to write a poem about a flower.
I sought to capture its beauty
In sparse phrasing—
Single words, applied sparingly,
Like an inked Chinese landscape,
Or the lone perfect notes
Of late-career Miles Davis.

I sought to create the impression
Of a beautiful flower,
To weave the sense
Of its essence
In the readerโ€™s mind
Using as few words as possible.

I listed terms as they came to me.
I deleted, edited, rearranged them
On the page, time and again,
Ruthlessly spiraling through language,
Seeking those single perfect words.

Quick flashes of color:
Red, yellow, orange, white, purple.
Passing whiffs of aroma:
A perfume unequalled.

The swoop of a sepal,
The expanse of a petal,
The stark structuralism of a stem.

The simple beauty of a flower
Proved beyond my ability to capture.

I tried to write a poem about a flower.

6 thoughts on “A Poem about a Flower (NaPoWriMo 2016)

  1. I like this. Perfectly expresses my experience of being given an object to write about. The words either disappear or refuse to look and sound on the page as they do in my head.


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