Thirty-year old African violet kept for sentiment.

African violet
Too little earth for support
in an over-large pot
causes the plant to tip
a dusty grey-green amorphous nimiety
of leaves over the side.
A wrinkled weak purple flower
pokes defiantly out at the top —
undeserved reward
for years of neglect.

Victoria Slotto at dVerse writes of imagist poetry, a style which resonates with me as saying what it means and meaning what it says.  In this case, the title really tells the whole story!   Do go and see what some real poets have made of this prompt, as I may have got hold of the wrong end of the stick!


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30 Responses to Thirty-year old African violet kept for sentiment.

  1. They’re tough because they’re AFRICAN violets 🙂 Have you ever seen proteas? Now THAT’S a tough flower.

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  2. colonialist says:

    If transplanting you’re off-putting
    (Poor Saintpaulia ionantha)
    At least take of leaf a cutting –
    You’ve no need of anything fancier!

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  3. I believe you nailed it…I could have pictured this violet without seeing it. Nice work…what a persistent violet! 🙂

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  4. FloWeRed

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  5. Bodhirose says:

    For the life of me I cannot keep an African Violet alive. I’m very good with all kinds of other plantings and flowers but not that one. My mother-in-law had many and shared with me but I couldn’t get them to thrive. I feel your pain. You did a marvelous job with your poem, Viv.

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  6. Candy says:

    you not only painted a lovely image for us to “see” but you have made us “feel” too

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  7. restlessjo says:

    Good going! Poor old lady- she should be retired by now. 🙂

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  8. Agree, my plants seem to thrive on neglect too but some have sentimental value now. At least you’ve honoured the plant with a beautiful poem and shared it with us.

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  9. Sentiment is strong and perhaps that is why it is holding on. 🙂

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  10. Glenn Buttkus says:

    My wife has had black thumb issues with Hawaiian orchids. She bought dozen of plants, paid to have them shipped home, & slowly killed each of them. As to your use of the form, it seems to work well for you. Nice job.

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  11. Perfect description. I have always had problems replanting my African violets and I have one now that has morphed into 3 or 4 separate plants and I’m afraid to touch it. Guess I will delegate that to the green-thumbed husband when we get back to Reno.

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  12. Sumana Roy says:

    they know the meaning of life…beautiful…

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  13. whimsygizmo says:

    Those last two lines are just perfect – and the plant is beautiful. Purple makes my eyes happy.

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  14. And it’s still blooming.. I am speechless… and I think it’s beautiful…

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  15. Mary says:

    I am impressed! I always heard African violets were HARD to keep alive!

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  16. lillian says:

    The aging of a violet, under the not-so-green thumb! This brings me back to my mom….and her collection of African violets. She “raised” them…..had a large table under growing lights in our basement, and they were on every end table, widow sill etc in our house. She took their “babies” and replanted them. When I got my own home, she gave me one, then another, then another, until she gave up. Mine weren’t so defiant as yours….they died a slow death. Oh my….look at the memories you’ve evoked!
    Good description here! 🙂

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  17. Misky says:

    Now that’s longevity! >

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  18. katechiconi says:

    I have black thumbs for African Violets. Even comparative youngsters look like this in my hands, so the longevity of your specimen is impressive!

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  19. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Beautifully done Viv 🙂

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  20. Kathy Reed says:

    I am familiar with this plant…it does thrive on little attention, one last blossom signals you before it will be too late to water it 😉

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  21. tialys says:

    Don’t you feel honour bound to repot it and give it a bit of TLC now that it has inspired a poem?

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