the land is striped                            mudstone and chalk
lines of lime and acid

my white camellia flowers             double and lush as a wedding
but the oval leaves are yellow       pale                spotted

all last year I gave it seaweed        kelp condensed to dark soup
bottled brown as creosote              poured like a sacrifice

into fine tilth                                     its not enough
over the wall my neighbour’s plant’s  deep green         glossy

blooms lipstick red                          hot as flamenco      glamorous
six feet makes all the difference                           substrate is everything

Jan Dean

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3 Responses to Envy

  1. Liz Brownlee says:

    FABULOUS poem, Jan. Love it.

  2. suepoemcat says:

    Tis very lovely x

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