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Alison Luterman: Jasmine

We cluster, we clump, we give off

the white-hot honey of distant stars. 

Invisible fingers are always stroking

our feathery body.

We take hold of life like children

born to a beautiful mother,

who know this earth has always been ours. 

We hang on, we congregate, we thrust

through fence railings with green reaching tendrils. 

Scientists speak of climate change,

toxic gas, rising seas. Yes,

the oceans are heating up.  Yet,

amid ongoing disaster, some woman

years ago, planted a mess of us

from little starts in plastic pots.

She didn’t know what she was doing

as she knelt and dug small holes,

plopping in delicate

dirt cupcakes, each one topped

with a jaunty green hat

and sprig of blossom.

She was absent-minded and forgot

to water, so it took years, but we were tough

with the toughness of the ephemeral,

and now we’ve grown into our own

miniature galaxy,

a wall of starry scent,

a monument to those invisible

explosions that occur

wherever beauty drops her handkerchief.

Copyright 2020 Alison Luterman. From In the Time of Great Fires by Alison Luterman (Catamaran 2020).

Alison Luterman is a poet, essayist and playwright. She lives in Oakland, California.

Jasmine (photo: Garden Report)

5 comments on “Alison Luterman: Jasmine

  1. barneswriter@wyan.org
    June 29, 2022

    In this poem, the poet speaks in the voice of the jasmine. Speak in the voice of the iguana . . .


    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      June 29, 2022

      Speaking in the voice of the iguana? Fascinating! It sounds like a poem you need to write, Pat!



  2. José A. Alcántara
    June 29, 2022

    Absolutely wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

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