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Of Green Plants and Dryer Quarters
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By Michelle Angelini
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Of Green Plants and Dryer Quarters


My mind slides down a palm leaf

into the lush spider plant jungle

barely missing stickers

on the row of Crown of Thorns


The dryer cycle ends

I insert another 50 cents

One is a Utah state quarter

I looked


Large leaves on vines draw my attention

there’s only one Mexican squash in sight

It’s not my vine, so I will let it be

to observe the green vegetable another day


Back on the brown leather couch

inspiration about life’s ordinary events

prompts the beginning of another poem

and I resist temptation to check the time


When I look up a blue-eyed Siamese-tabby

sits on the dividing wall between the two properties

The cat stays only a brief time after I talk

to her; she’s on her way to other feline responsibilities


Oversized fig leaves swing in the breeze; the green

fruit is elevated beyond my reach

One taste of ripe fig would be nice before birds eat the fruit

My mind tastes a ripe fig’s sweet juicy sweetness


April 30, 2011

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Submitted: Sunday, May 1, 2011

Last Updated: Monday, May 2, 2011

About the Poet
Michelle Angelini, aka Chelle, has been writing poetry for over 40 years. She has been published in many Southern California chapbooks and calendars. I am retired and dealing with my health issues. My Saviour, Jesus is always with me. God holds me within His wings. I am working slowly on a second book poetry and possibly my photography. And, I'm over 65 now and still loving it, even though my social life is not what it once was because of the painful fibromyalgia. It's quite frustrating, but I know Jesus still has "work" for me to do to show how much He blesses me.

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