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The Poet's Corner

Morning Glory

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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 camillepoetry@gmail.com.

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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