Poem of the Week: Seeds

I mostly post my poetry first on Instagram, (unless it is a patron-exclusive poem). Then, each Sunday here on the blog, I post the poem that has got the most Insta likes.

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The poems are inspired by photographs, sometimes taken by me, sometimes by others.

My most popular poem on Instagram this week was, “Seeds”.

This poem was inspired by this picture from @uminguyen_photo.

And now for this week’s poem:


When I meet a dandelion
beyond its yellow prime,
I like to take the time
to look at it,
weed run to seed,
stalk and fluff and stamen,
before I breathe
my breath on it,
let it sweep me back
to childhood days
when wishes were enabled,
to recognize and greet it,
for what it is,
not just a flower
by another label,
but holder and carrier
of a thousand flowers
in waiting.

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