Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "The Seeds of Meaning"

This poem is from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. Based on an audience poll, it has been sponsored from the general fund.

"The Seeds of Meaning"

What the old books call
the language of flowers
is what most linguists
would call a code.

Yet it has nouns
(wintergreen for harmony)
and verbs
(pink camellia for longing)
and adjectives
(red columbine for anxious).

It even has grammar
(a flower representing
the main sentiment
in the center, to be read
spiraling outward from there).

It is what we turn to
when speech deserts us,
a language of emotion written
in blossoms and leaves
each bearing

the seeds of meaning.

* * *


Read about the language of flowers.

A tussie-mussie is a small bouquet of flowers.  Learn how to make one.

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