powder puff

photoart & poem – ©2018 Laura Granby

the Persian buttercup
convoluted origami on a wispy, wiry stem
petal-packed – and when turbanned twice-over
barely able to brandish the prettiest pre-eminence
to our eulogizing gaze

precocious pinks or gorgeous gaudy citrus
but surely  floristry’s monstrosity for bees
– shall I compare thee to a summer cabbage rose?
even the Bard would pardon the misdirected line
for where this Asian native meets Aegean sea*
it inclines more to poppy and anenome
than paper powder-puff

*see Flowers of Crete: Ranunculus asicaticus

Day 16 of NaPoWriMo 2018 and at ‘Women in Waiting’, Elizabeth has  offered up the prompt: paper.  Almost the first thing that came to mind were paper/ papery flowers – and flowers seem to be on my mind whatever the WiW prompt – see Wild and White


  1. love your description of this pretty flower, especially after viewing the pictures (I wasn’t familiar with it). Within your lines I especially like “floristry’s monstrosity for bees” 🙂


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