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The Poet's Corner

Morning Glory


Some varieties are named Scarlet O’Hara, Heavenly Blue, Party Dress, Inkspots, and Carnevale di Venezia.

A warm October, the tomato plant still hardy

and green, thick stalk from five months growth,

a solid base for a meager vine to wend its way

counterclockwise around the stem until you can’t

tell where tomato branch ends and flourishing

creeper starts. The blossom, thin-paper white with

five subtle brushed-on watercolor-violet stripes

about the center, the edges of the flower

curling just a touch.

This unexpected invader planted not long ago

by some unknown traveler. A goldfinch

or white-tailed deer, a sweeping nor’easter?

I prudently unwind the threadlike curl

from the struggling leaves of the tomato plant.

Like a neurosurgeon teasing glioblastoma tendrils,

whose delicate star-shaped roots fan out,

tap into the blood supply of the brain. Handily

snip away small sections of tomato arms,

ease out the lattice-like ringlet.

It seems so fragile, genteel, but those slight coils

eventually kill the host plant, their featherweight

flowers a guise, and still you fall in love because

they’re gauzy, charming, and every day a new

bloom unfurls to greet you, then withdraws

each night to never turn up again.

Camille Norvaisas lives in Feasterville and has been a Bucks County resident her entire life. Her work has been published in numerous journals. You can connect with her on Facebook at poetrycamille or via email at

Poet’s Corner is curated by Bucks County Poet Laureate Tom Mallouk and supported by a grant to the Bucks County Herald Foundation made possible by Marv and Dee Ann Woodall.

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