blue purple flowers grew
in dark room, corner edge
towering ceiling with large heads,
stems slender with lily like blooms
roots clustered to bloom fertility,
strong healthy children, a view
until one late summer, during a thunder
storm, she took pen, writing feverishly
faced with a choice, she chose
over having children
Posted for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: Write a flowery poem in an un-flowery
way and Flash Fiction Friday - For the G-man. Also shared with Poets United: choices.
Facts about this flower:
Agapanthus is considered to be both a magical and a medicinal plant, and the plant of fertility and pregnancy. Xhosa women use the roots to make prenatal medicine, and they make a necklace using the roots that they wear as a charm to bring healthy, strong babies. The Zulu use agapanthus to treat heart disease, paralysis, coughs, colds, chest pains and tightness. It is also used with other plants in various medicines taken during pregnancy to ensure healthy children, or to augment or induce labor. It is also used as a love charm and by people afraid of thunderstorms, and to ward off thunder.
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