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knobby twigs

mossy terracotta pots in neat rows

filled with rich soil

fragrant with life

roots reaching deep towards the planet’s core

somehow sensing the source

green tendrils coiling

filled with chlorophyll

straining with all their might

towards the sun

in the opposite direction

a buzzing batallion

gathering sweet nectar

scattering pollen

the rose geranium

fuzzy leaves fluttering

I rub one between my soil-covered fingers

releasing the scent

of something beautiful


and secret

I line a buttered cake pan

with their hand-shaped leaves

I pour batter over them

and as I do

I realize they’re not hands at all

but stars

like the stars above

whispering our fate

~Melissa Placzek 2011


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