Purple Shamrock

Purple Shamrock

The other plants are jealous of you,
dressed in your plentiful pink painted pail,
occasionally surprising us with those delicate,
silky sheer shell pink five-petaled bursts of innocence
calmly resting against deep blackberry triangles.

Your svelte stems
support generous open foliage–
ample, but weighing nothing.
Your leaves close up tight and teasing at night.

The regal gardenia suffers from bud drop from looking up at you too much,
instead of attending to her own growth and work.
Hungry to lick you just once, the Flamingo Flower
extends upward her bumpy, fuschia tongue.
The Hibiscus produces peachy, papery blossoms every single day,
trying so desperately to hold her own—
occasionally attracting the first glance of the visitor.

But each strange pair of eyes inevitably and invariably settles on you for the longest time, and returns to you again and again.
They beg for a piece of you to take home,
unable to appreciate beauty without needing to own it.

The rubber plant and the swiss cheese plant nod approvingly,
and encourage people to ask for your cuttings.
Those far less attractive plants, mundane plants
want you to put down your tubular roots somewhere else.
They covet your place in the eastern light—
Even the sun kisses your first each morning.

You, my dear, are the favored one. The pretty one.
The one who never has to stand in line,
or buy her own fertilizer.
The one who never whithers,
never even pouts like the rest.
The one that doesn’t have to try.
The beautiful, serene Oxalis.

Viola Moriarty
revised 2011

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viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
2012-13 Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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