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Three Ways of Writing About Narcissus



oniony bulb

tall, tippy stalk

pale flowerlets remind us:



I might be late to the party, but here I am, slipping in one more Poetry Friday post before the end of the year. I made three attempts to write about the narcissus bulb forced to bloom on my desk. The first is an elfchen, a new form to me, introduced by the #PoetrySisters. It didn't really say all I wanted to say, but I will try the form again. As I kept scribbling, I fell into the more familiar haiku.


 from tall, tippy stalk,

small burst of pale flowerlets--

spring in December


Finally, I tried free verse, which gave me a little more leeway.


Narcissus sprouts

from oniony bulb.

Glistening white roots

sink to drink.

Tippy stalk stretches

in daily increments.

 Pale flowerlet sunburst

helps us remember:

spring circles back.


And now I want to say Happy New Year to all! May it be filled with all kinds of hope, joy, and love!


Michelle Kogan has today's Poetry Friday Roundup. Be sure the check out the other Poetry Friday posts.


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