6.08.2014

Delayed Gratification

After a season
of guts wrapped tight
against storms,
quivering
at the end of your stalk,
refusing opening
because when you do
everyone will notice
the sickly-sweet wonder of you,
now you can feel the sun,
but still you wait
for the ants
to help with your blooming.

For Grace’s prompt to the Real Toads: Making a Heart Out of Wild Plants

12 comments:

  1. This poem made me smile. Yes, indeed, when people notice "the sickly-sweet wonder" of an individual, privacy is on trial and seeds spread. An intrusion and a giving at once. To delay gratification is to have more time with the kids, to be fully who you are. The ants assist; the crowd applauds.

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  2. How lovely to feel the sun on your skin after a cold tight winter season ~ I like the idea of the ants helping with your blooming ~ Thanks for the wonderful write Marian ~ Wishing you lovely Sunday and week ahead ~

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  3. Sometimes a winter can be so long and cold, that one may hesitate to re-enter the cycle of life, wondering if one has the soul energy for further blooming.

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  4. March of the Ants ... In spite of it Peonies bloom! I have inhaled an ant ... ugh.

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  5. Love this - the ants assisting.......the wonder of you..........as Susan says, we all applaud!!!

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  6. :) Nice. There are things we would rather keep in the closet.
    When they open, come out, it really isn't so bad after all.

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  7. This is beautifully written.

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  8. oh, thank you, everyone. :)

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  9. I adore your word choices throughout this, Marian.

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  10. wow - waiting for the ants... ~

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