Shhhh! The Porcupine Grass has secrets!

Quietly slipping out of the ground,
In the spring, the green leafy shoots
Foretell of great things to come.

Bright and fresh, they gather speed
Reaching toward the sun, until
Gracefully slender, they stand taller than a man.

Fashionably chic with animal print stripes,
They smile, knowing the secrets they hold.
Swinging, swaying, dancing with a breeze,
They are mesmerizing to behold.

As heat gathers around them and others
Seem to wilt, we find
The secrets they’ve been keeping since spring.

Crowns of spiky florets bloom and shine
Like a jeweled coronet, lifting and bowing
Happily in the wind.

As days grow shorter and colder
The stems do not wilt, as other plants do
Rather, they stand tall and proud, becoming
A lovely tawny shade.

The once queenly florets become soft, fuzzy cotton candy
As they drop the seeds they have kept secret all summer.
Seeds that will become…..

New, graceful, leafy shoots,
Quietly slipping out of the ground next spring.

Photo by Judy

Good night to my favorite readers!
JudyΒ 

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22 thoughts on “Shhhh! The Porcupine Grass has secrets!

  1. Good morning Judy πŸ™‚
    Totally cool poetry you wrote my friend
    the porcupine grass will smile when they hear it πŸ™‚

    My favorite line
    “Swinging, swaying, dancing with a breeze,
    They are mesmerizing to behold.”

    and they become “fuzzy cotton candy”!!! πŸ˜€ awesome cotton candy

    • Thank you Amira! As you know, I’ve been trying to “capture” these lovelies in a photo, but they move too much for my camera. I found some on the ground after the last heavy snow, sadly they did not rise again as the others did. So I brought them inside and shot photos of them without the wind! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for liking my poem!

  2. Judy, this is a beautiful picture ! I love it ! This grass is among my favorites, I like to decorate with them, I don’t have any right now so I’ll have to pick some next autumn. You write this poem ? it’s so beautiful, I’m impressed ! πŸ™‚ I’m a lover of words, I like poems and you’re very talented at it.

    • Jocelyn…Thank you so much for your kind words. I am truly flattered. I did write the poem…but I have only started writing the last couple of weeks! I think the last poem I wrote was in elementary school! πŸ˜‰ Everyone on WP inspires me, so I decided to try. I love all kinds of grasses, but the Porcupine has a special place in my heart, too. Thanks for your comments.

    • More? lol You are too funny! (but very sweet!) Thanks for your WOWZ and fantastisch!! I’m so flattered and overwhelmed by the responses like yours and others…It only continues to give me inspiration and confidence to try more. Thank you.

  3. waoo i have missed alot of things in my exams
    so now i found out u r also a good poetess as well as a great photographer

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