“Let Your Song Be Delicate”—or Not

Rosemary Nissen-Wade, The Passionate Crone, is currently hosting Poets United’s Midweek Motif… So the next poem is all her fault. I published “A Wild Witch’s Urban Garden” just yesterday, and I’m sure those of you who visit me often have noticed that I don’t blog every day… But I couldn’t resist Rosemary’s call, which chanted: “‘Let Your Song Be Delicate’—or Not. Take your pick—do some ‘delicate’ writing, or do its opposite: harsh!”

I was planning to hoard the following poem… Yes, I’m in the habit of keeping some bits of fiction and poetry for my own cackling pleasure. But after I posted the first two lines, as one of my Poem Bits on Instagram and Facebook, and a few people really identified with them… well, I had to share the whole thing here. What can I say? I’m a big wild softy… 😉 with an ellipsis problem, obviously.


Swallowed words
will rot.
The stillborn ideas
they wished to create
burst in the gut,
push up the throat
(through tongue and teeth),
poisoning all
ears within range;

infecting hearts,
which the Silent might love
or need—


The Hunger, by SunshineShelle
“The Hunger”, by SunshineShelle

A Wild Witch’s Urban Garden

My plants, especially the mango tree, make me homesick… and make me feel at home; yes, at the same time—homesick because my memories of my Dominican Republic taste of sweet mango juice running down my arms as I sink my teeth greedily into the ripe fruit. Watching the small mango tree (all 3 of them) grow in my living room, tended by my hands… puts all sorts of grins on my face. My homeland is far away, but I’m growing home anew around me.

The other day, while watering and speaking to my dear green babies, I composed the haiku I’ve included below each photo… Oh, the avocado—a real jokester—told me to stop trying to take all the credit; they helped. 😉

Mango in Containersweet mango
home, longing for fruit—

Pepper in Container
once cloud kissed,
the bite will be sweet—
my pepper

Passion Flower in Container
scented winds
with passion blooming—
purple bliss

Avocado in Container
a strong tree
for guacamole—
greenish mush

Daisy in Container
spring’s easy,
my hardy daisies—
love the fall

for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Tuesday Platform