Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub –Poetics : To Be A Flower
(posted by Linda Lee Lyberg)
“Think about what flower you most identify with or is your favorite.  Write a poem from the perspective of that flower.”


Awkward and gangly
my seeds spill
on the ground. Do not
waste them; roast them.
My yellow-petal bonnet
protects me from scorching
sun, that entices my all-
seeing brown velvet eye.
It’s what I do. I am,
after all, a sunflower.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to Sunflower

  1. lifelessons says:

    Just worked on a poem today that mentioned “Russian peanuts.” This is what we called sunflower seeds. I wonder why?


  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the sunflower’s request not to waste those seeds.


  3. Sunflowers- so beautiful. I love ‘yellow petal bonnet’!


  4. msjadeli says:

    Good characterization of the sun that entices your all-seeing brown velvet eye.


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