Persistence

she was a rare bloom, 
but not in the way you’d think –

aphananthous in a crowd of 
the flashily phaneranthous,
a real wallflower on the surface.

by normal nomenclature
she wasn’t known:
a neophyte with nerve.

she was monomorphic,
a true individual –
her trajectory scandent,
her outlook inflexed
away from the gaze 
of the indigenous flora.

they were noxious, but
this girl with a stellate heart? –
her power was perennial.

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Today’s prompt was to write a poem using the jargon of a particular profession, as Maggie Smith‘s poem Good Bones (one of my favourite poems, incidentally) incorporates real-estate speak. I scrambled around for a bit trying to find a profession with jargon I could pull from; eventually I settled on botany and wrote this semi-intelligible poem! The ‘star’ of the poem is inspired by Jerry Spinelli‘s Stargirl, who marched to the beat of her own drum constantly. I’ve linked all the funny botanical words to their definitions so you have an idea of what my poem might mean! 😉

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