Artwork and Writings of Irene Tobias Rodriguez

Delicate Pink Velvet Stars

Photograph

The vine grows.
          dark green shinny leaves it bears
Reaching upward,
toward the ceiling of the room it shares.
 
It droops,
          then hangs from the weight of the leaves.
Another vine grows
          and stretches toward the light it sees.
 
Years you lie dormant
          hidden within the plant somewhere
Waiting,
          waiting to see, will anyone care?
 
Suddenly you appear
          As if from nowhere, you send out
A cluster of tiny buds.
          You’re starting to bloom, without a doubt!
 
I can’t contain
          the excitement of seeing you grow.
And then another.
          I am blessed by the coming show.
 
Slowly you grow
          larger and larger expanding.
Your petals open:
          delicate tiny stars,
          soft pink velvet,
          tinier star center – looking like wax,
Held together in a bouquet
hanging down. Attention demanding!
I can smell
          your distinct fragrance as it floats through the room.
I can tell
from a distance you are in full bloom.

After a while
you wither and die and fall to the floor too soon.
Sigh.
You leave behind a stub for the next time to bloom.

The vine grows.

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Comments on: "Delicate Pink Velvet Stars" (2)

  1. ‘Years you lie dormant
    hidden within the plant somewhere
    Waiting,
    waiting to see, will anyone care?’

    I could relate this to artistic growing too…you cannot stop ‘the vine’ growing…

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