Thursday 28 July 2022

Not so sweet


You gave me this particular variety

of sweet pea, lathyrus latifolius,

the everlasting, as in perennial, pea

which I planted beside the patio door

hoping for confetti showers 

of rose pink petal

the scent of everlasting summer

and the sight of red admirals 

and painted ladies sipping 

from its pealike clusters.

But the darn thing is a climbing vine

sweeping its floral heads

a foot or two above mine

reaching Jack's giant on the rooftop

while I am grounded here on terra firma

these winged stems and tendrils 

nothing like Jack's beanstalk

and smelling not even of pea.

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