Poetry Corner: Poinsettia

by Jim Farfaglia



Today begins the magic.


Today I become a nature god,

ensuring exact amounts of sunlight and darkness

for this simple potted greenery.

By Christmas Day

it will become a bright and brilliant red!


As I ponder this transformation

I think about my life

and how far from nature’s spectrum I have faded:

overly dependent on overhead lighting,

hunched for hours at my computer.


But what if I balanced my need for light & dark?

What routines, once so important,

would drop like spent leaves?

What richness would rise from my roots

and spread through my veins?


How bright and brilliant would my red be?

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