Polly

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Sundew

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With thanks to Myfanwy Fox for sharing a photo and a fascinating article about a carnivorous plant on Facebook.

SundewPhoto from National Geographic

Sundew
Photo from National Geographic

Sundew

DroPlets
SwEEt secrEtions
Sundew eNsNares insects
Leaves with minusCule proJections
STicKy

Polly Robinson © 2013

Written to Tony Maude‘s inspiring prompt to write a cinquain, a five-line poem with twenty-two syllables laid out two, four, six, eight, then two again. at dVerse Poets Form for All – The Cinquain

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47 thoughts on “Sundew

  1. I like the way your capital letters seem to mirror the forms in the picture! I’ve got a thing about dewdrops, sundew, honeydew… it must stem from that immortal line ‘for he on honeydew hath fed/and drunk the milk of paradise’ – which to me is about creative inspiration everywhere.

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    • Ahhhh … Kubla Khan … wonderful, an unforgetable line. I found out a few days back that we have the great-great-great-great-great nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge living locally [or, at least, he has a weekend home nearby].

      Thanks for your comment Marina, glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Oh those drops for the insects so tempting, yet deadly

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  3. kinda scary huh…the sweet secretions drawing you in and then wham…
    ha. the upper case lower case made me read this really slow….

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  4. Ooh, well done. I love the style of this piece.

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  5. I really enjoyed this! Wonderful word play with the subject!

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  6. Nicely done Polly! Fascinating things aren’t they.

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  7. Nice blog Polly!!!! I’m following you!!! A big kiss from Italy!!!

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  8. Very interesting plant, and a nice poem to describe it. Cool post, Polly!

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  9. the piece of poetry as unusual as the pic… nice

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  10. Perfect match here, Polly… the caps and projections.

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  11. Love the picture, love the poem, love the wordplay and the poetic devices you’ve managed to tuck into just 5 short lines. Beautiful, Polly – unless you’re an insect, I guess :-)

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  12. I have always been fascinated by this plant. This, and those pitcher plants.

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  13. i like how you slow us down by using caps…cool wordplay as well..

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  14. Really liked how you paced the reading of the poem with the use of capital letters – a great theme too.

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  15. A science poem exemplar ! I swear, we ought to collect science poems for kids. Great write.

    My daughter is thinking about getting a venus fly trap. I had never heard of Drosera (sundews) — I can’t believe I don’t know about this little blood thirsty fellow. Apparently they exist in North America. Wow. But apparently they are on the endangered list in several states — probably cause little elementary girls love horror plants — or is only my gal like that? ;-) Or maybe the greedy herbalists have wiped them out. Thanx for the intro !!

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  16. Polly, I loved the prompt – how Tony taught us about things to avoid, like cramming syllables to fit the word count, making every final word of a phrase intentional.

    You obviously took this to heart. Hell of a cinquain, really packs a punch. Sticky, eeeew. (wink) Amy

    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/03/15/cinquains-amy-tackles-a-form/

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    • Ha! We both got good things from Tony’s clear advice. ‘Mood swings’ was just the perfect final line on your first cinquain and I loved the way the inflection fell.

      Good to see you liked ‘Sundew’ ~ helluva plant, I’d say ;)

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  17. Oooh! Carnivorous plants? I think I have a poem (in draft form) about them. Fascinating things! Like this a lot Polly. Abstract. And the pic too.

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  18. Ah … the WIP, we all have such a folder; dust it down and let’s see it, Holly :)

    Good to see you liked this one.

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  19. These plants are SO cool but SO DEADLY!!!! How come a PLANT can kill a fly quicker than I can? Riddle me that!

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  20. Very cool cinquain and what an alien plant. Was a great prompt!

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