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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Triolet on Violets or Teenagers

image from Magpie 57

Benign neglect helps violets thrive
Don't light them too directly
Too much care they can't survive
Benign neglect helps violets thrive
Thirst a bit, the blooms arrive
Overwater, they wilt abjectly
Benign neglect helps violets thrive
Don't light them too directly

submitted for Magpie Tales 57

17 comments:

Tumblewords: said...

How clever - yes, it works for both!!

Helen said...

I should have had this bit of wisdom when I was raising my children!!!! A lovely, lyrical poem.

Lyn said...

They certainly seem independent..my kind of anything!! Definitely teenagers too...
Clever!

Isabel Doyle said...

benign but kindly very elegant writing

kshawnedgar said...

You're nominated:
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Good poem, btw.

Tess Kincaid said...

Lovely triolet and good advice.

Old Ollie said...

This explains all the violets in my yard.

Lucy Westenra said...

Very adroit use of the form.

versebender said...

I think this is great. Loved the "benign neglect" rift. Thanks, too, for the gardening tip...I always kill them! Vb

Rachel Hoyt said...

Very clever, beautiful poem! :) Benign neglect is a great phrase. :)

Martin H. said...

Sound advice for survival.

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HyperCRYPTICal said...

Thanks for a delightful poem and the added bonus of garening tips!

Anna :o]

Olivia said...

A very violetty triolet.. loved it absolutely :)
Hugs xox

Jingle said...

lovely advices/implications...
love the word flow.
well done.

Kavita said...

BRILLIANT!! What a fantastic analogy, Lola!! Couldn't have been any more perfect than this! The term "Benign neglect" seems so appropriate in the context...
Too good!

Lena said...

What a clever little poem for recital in the garden!

Shari Sunday said...

benign neglect - charming reminder of a great truth which is too often learned the hard way.