Watering the plants in the dining room

My Thanksgiving Cactus, one of the plants in the dining room, under the west window

This poem was written to a prompt in How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination, in the chapter covering lyric impulse, suggesting creating a work about something ordinary with a joyful outburst/refrain.

 Watering the Plants in the Dining Room
  
 I grab the plastic jug from the pantry, 
 the big one with the yellow cap, 
 and put it in the stainless-steel sink. 
 I run the tap, cool water wet and flowing, 
 into the tea stained jug. With both hands, 
 I carry the weight through the threshold
 to water the plants in the dining room. 
  
 From the western side of the table, the regulars 
 quietly celebrate their grace and beauty. 
 The Japanese jade tree shows off 
 her coat of succulent emerald flowers. 
 The Christmas Cactus stretches her octopus arms 
 covered with little cream polka dot buds.
 The African Violet peers from the little yellow eyes 
 of her deep purple blossoms. 
  
 Oh, the joy! Surrounded by nature’s delights! 
 Watering the plants in the dining room
  
 After cool, almost cold, nights outside, 
 the over-wintering newcomers breathe the indoor heat.
 The chive and mint, alongside rosemary, oregano, and thyme,  
 share the space between the big pots of pink and red geraniums. 
 Together they flavor the room with their herbal scent 
 and watch the backyard birds draining the feeder. 
  
 Oh, the joy! Surrounded by nature’s delights! 
 Watering the plants in the dining room
  
 We all love when the afternoon sun filters in
 through the line of spruce outside the windows
 and how the rays sing sustaining songs 
 that nourish us through the slow silence of winter. 
  
 Oh, the joy! Surrounded by nature’s delights! 
 Watering the plants in the dining room 

Click HERE for an audio recording of the poem.

This poem is part of an online collection I call Little Morsels of Delight.

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