Wisteria by Valerie Parente

The wisteria drapes
like lavender rain
and I am amazed
by the floral display.

Took several years to grow
the perennials above the road
so pure when it overflows
yet toxic in a small dose.

They say to beware
of this invasive plant
overtaking the land
but I am not scared.

I have become one with the infection
that plagued my intentions
so pretty, so prevalent
as I embrace the evidence.

Long live the twining
of nature’s signage
like calligraphy winding
in a language so binding.

The wisteria dominates
any glimpse of sun rays
but I could never hate
sitting under the shade.

– Valerie Parente (5-25-2021)


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