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This is one of the funniest names for a plant, Sticky Monkey Flower. I've read that they're called monkey flowers because the flowers look like grinning Monkeys. You may or may not agree. They do, however, have very sticky leaves filled with nutrients for critters. I see these plants all the time as we drive to Santa Cruz, bright orange flowers popping up from in-between the rocks where it doesn't seem like anything should grow at all. Of course I had to have them in my yard. It has its own butterfly...its own caterpillar...the checkerspot butterfly lays its eggs on the sticky leaves.


I have to say that I didn't really do much of a brainstorm on this one. I read up on the plant a little bit, then got the last line first. After that came the second line and then the first. I was happy so I stopped.

Sticky Monkey Flower

sticky leaves hug eggs
hungry --- not yet butterflies
laughing monkey waits

--- Susan Taylor Brown
      April 17, 2009

@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009 


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April 18th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
I am loving your word images and your visual images. I wish you would publish them all in a book!
April 18th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Carol. I actually hope to do so with some stunning photographs.
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April 18th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Melodye. I'm actually looking forward to having a stack of these to polish at the end of the month. Of course it could just be a big dose of procrastination on the novel...ya think? :)
April 18th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
We saw TONS of these this weekend!
April 22nd, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, they're everywhere up where you went.
April 18th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
That is an excellent, excellent last line.
April 22nd, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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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.

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