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I heard about this plant, Mountain Mahogany, long before I ever saw it in person. When we finally saw one, a full-grown specimen, both my husband and I fell in love with it. The unique flowers/seeds were a bonus for me. When I look at the flowers my first thought is of those 4th of July sparklers I used to love as a kid...the ones where you would write your name in the night sky and watch it light up. It's great evergreen bush to small tree and a terrific cover for wildlife.

 The brainstorm

seeds burst into air
spring seed explosion
sunlit seeds explodes
seeds burst free
seeds pop in the sun
seeds burst in the sun
trails of white
white feathers
white streamers
stream of feathery white
feathery white stream
leaving a feathery white stream
with a feathery white stream
swirls of sparkling feathers
swirling, sparkling feathers float
nature's hope for more
seeds burst in the sun
swirling, sparkling feathers fly
somewhere a child smiles


Mountain Mahogany
from exploding seeds
sparkling feathers light the sky
somewhere a child smiles

--- Susan Taylor Brown
      April 16, 2009

@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009 


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April 17th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
What an interesting plant -- you're right about the resemblance to sparklers. Love "somewhere a child smiles." :)
May 1st, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
Doesn't it just look like those old sparklers? I so seldom get an image in my mind that this was a real gift.
April 17th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
I smiled.
May 1st, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
ooh..I'm glad. (and late. Story of my life. Sigh.)
May 2nd, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
I thought *I* was the only one who answered comments week later. :)
May 2nd, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Uhm. Not hardly. LOL
April 17th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
THAT is a pretty, pretty plant!
And I love the poem that goes with it...
May 1st, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
Thank you, Liz.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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