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Feral Tenacity
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Patricia Williams


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Iím not a hothouse flower,
a rose with satin skin,
a blossom of waxy perfection,
here for merely a day.

I am a wildflower, †
a perennial in an open field
that explodes
with perfumed abundance ‒
my essence
emerging like hidden fragrance.

I am a weed,
lithesome and supple,
sprouting free
in the cracks of a city sidewalk,
on the boundaries
of an uptown boulevard.†††††††††††††††††††††† †

See me in the sunshine,
see me in the rain.
Iím not a hothouse flower,
Iím no manís boutonniere,
and Iím not some shrinking violet
here for merely a day. †


This poem first appeared in the Nancy Smith Exhibition Catalog, Chapel Hill, N.C. †
Women Speak: Portraits, Poetry, and Prose of the Feminine Experience, 2019.
Used here with permission.



Patricia Williams began writing poetry after retiring from teaching Art and Design. Originally from the Chicago area, she now lives in Wisconsin, eight miles from a village of 1300 and 25 miles from any place larger. Her work appears in many journals and anthologies, and she is the author of The Port Side of Shadows, a poetry chapbook about her travels, and Midwest Medley, which received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association.

 


Post New Comment:
Anastasia:
This reminds me of Maddy Prior's song "Bloomers", which personifies flowers, a nice accompaniment to this florification of a person!
Posted 08/07/2021 05:37 PM
Adriana:
Love the charming and amusing last verse
Posted 05/22/2021 01:55 PM
TheSilverOne:
Love this! Good job, Pat. ~ Doris Bezio
Posted 05/21/2021 10:09 PM
paradea:
Brilliant!! I love this poem!!
Posted 05/21/2021 09:03 AM


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