African Daisies

Sown by gentle hands we lay 
in wait for nourishing winter rains 
sheltered from errant winds 
in the shadows of stalwart stones

We are but simple african daisies
wanting only to grow tall and strong
spreading our joyful riotous blooms
to banish winter’s muted grey tones

Once we flower, vivid blossoms soon fade
then our yellow and orange petals fall 
leaving tiny pods drying in brilliant sun
holding paper thin seeds of new beginnings

And soon, our newborn children take flight
spreading happiness in colors for all to see

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Grace is hosting at dVerse and has asked us to write a poem using personification and/or rich imagery. I tried to combine both. This poem came about because I am attempting to get African daisies started in my front yard, which is a desert landscape. They like rocky terrain, and once I get them established, they will spread each year. I love them; they are such a cheerful flower!

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

15 Comments on “African Daisies

  1. I love your personification of these flowers ‘spreading our joyful riotous blooms
    to banish winter’s muted grey tones’ – just what I need right now!

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  2. I love your flowers and I hope to see the seeds spread far and wide. The ending lines tugs the heart:

    And soon, our newborn children take flight
    spreading happiness in colors for all to see

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous, Linda! I especially love; “spreading our joyful riotous blooms to banish winter’s muted grey tones.” All the best for achieving a yard full of African daisies 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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