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)



Duality by Valerie Parente

The most beautiful thing a person can do is be honest about their ugliest parts.

"Angel Dust" by Valerie Parente

– Valerie Parente (12-16-2019)


Blessed by Valerie Parente

Strength. Compassion. Intelligence. Beauty. Courage. Faith. Love.

The very things that I prayed for in a companion were in me all along.


– Valerie Parente (8-12-2019)



Value by Valerie Parente

I know my value and I see it every day
I need to stop punishing myself
when it isn’t seen by someone else.

– Valerie Parente (5-5-2019)