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Peony

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 Jared Pearce
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 Jared Pearce
Peony
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Jared Pearce lives and writes in Iowa.
Issue 104 · poetry
free verse ·  
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Peony
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Under May clouds,
despite the gallons
weight of rains upon
rains, she gathers
 
Every particle of debris,
she raises the stalk
of her spine, her leaves
are a gesture of coming,
 
Her engorged skull
bends at the sutures,
she’s left her earth in
a gesture of coming.
 
And in June she double
blooms so hard
she faints,
flops upon the concrete,
 
The swoon of her
beauty so heady
every eye is yanked
to see her, what she’ll do next.

3 comments

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  2 months ago
I had to laugh, because I had a few peonies blooming this year, and I had to make sure they were staked up, so they wouldn't flop.
  2 months ago
wonderful symbolism, great metaphor, nice job
  3 months ago
First rate—really enjoyed this!
 

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