Wildflower Rebellion

The spring sunset hangs on the horizon

in shades of cranberry, and black bird silhouettes

spiraling their way toward the top of a pine.

Even this natural book of psalms being written

with shadows would be banned if

 Stiflers of Freedom knew nature’s joy couldn’t be edited. 

There is rebellion in wildflowers surviving the feet of men,

as they dance their bright colors toward a sapphire jeweled night

where Flora tends her nursery of seedlings. 

In the lily snowfall of petals, the moon begins its hymn

guiding spirits of flesh and blood, who no longer seek guidance

from droning pulpiteers, to find freedom in her inclusion. 

Whether the dreamer sleeps or walks with eyes wide open

there’s no damning or demands to be anything other

than the color(s) they choose from the rainbow. 

©Susie Clevenger 2024

 Word Garden Word List ~ May Oliver


Jennifer Wagner said…
Gorgeous imagery, Susie. I especially like that first stanza!
Sherry Blue Sky said…
I love the title. Your wonderful use of imagery means there are too many remarkable lines to quote back to you. Your pen is on fire these days, Susie. Wonderfully done.
Jae Rose said…
Such beautiful imagery and a wonderful use of the words - Jae
Fireblossom said…
I agree with Sherry, I really love your title. What a marvelous thing to write about; the wordless, spontaneous naturalness of wildflowers as compared to rigid preaching and limiting. Have you ever read Walt Whitman's poem about how he would go and live with animals? I know you'd love it. https://www.nationalpoetrylibrary.org.uk/online-poetry/poems/i-think-i-could-turn-live-animals-song-myself
Mary said…
Each stanza is filled with beautiful images to appreciate and ponder! Love the imagery, as others have said.
alan1704 said…
This is great and flows like a stream of colour from a rainbow. love the way you use the words.
Gorgeous, Susie! The title is perfect, and the imagery alive.
Carrie Van Horn said…
I love the idea of nature providing the hymns and palms of life. This is gorgeous Susie!
Dora said…
A gorgeous hymn of rebellion, one that revels in nature's glorious gifts, downtrodden perhaps but never defeated.