Photo of Star jasmine vine flower reaching toward the sun
When what later proved to be a devastating hurricane was on its way I went about the house to secure it. Also, did some pruning of bushes that would not be able to withstand the 100 mph winds and pounding rain that came. This spreading jasmine vine on a small trellis was most at risk for damage as it was extremely top heavy, no longer able to stake it, and wildly spread out in its growth.
As any writer doing something mundane my mind wandered to pondering life in general and it rested upon the inner struggle of people to grow. Some reach out wisely and others do not. The rest is obvious.
Poem by Denny Lyon
Photo by Lida Rose @ flickr
By Denny Lyon
Heavy driving bursting rains pummel earthward
Upon this gnarled faithfully speeding rakish growth
Dripping droplets, glistening loosed milky flowers
Rushing rivulets descend from rooftops gushing
Adventurous licentious fingers flung wildly outward
Exploring, unrestrained, touching tenacious stopping wall
Barricade me not, loose my stifling trellis binds
Straining against established caged immurement
Freedom beckons loudly near the waving reddest rose
Yearning fast forward, quickly flee, furious need escape
Near breaking, endures weary weathered woody trellis
Accommodating, curious, bending to wait, upon what?
Writhing greenery mass, twisted, small world labyrinth
Enduring, steadfast thick roots, questing crawling center vine
Established, secure, infinite branches, winging sweetest fragrance
Curling corkscrew new tips salacious, paradox to double mind
Persisting planted foundation, safe, secure, familiarity
Abiding growth eager, libertine conflicted, dilemma eternity
Pruning twisted gnarled old thoughts, settled creaking branches
Discarding crammed spaces, thrown wide open air, fresh, renew
Shearing recent growth undisciplined, messy trimmed now neat
Paring down the old, good basic branches reduced, searing severe
Denuded exposed bare beauty, my life, begin renewal, again and again
Rejuvenate, renovate, refresh, yes, revive this lovely jasmine vine, mine!
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