Strangler Vine

You have the cunning subtlety
of an incoming meteor strike,
as you camouflage your intent
in the emperor’s new clothes.

Your wonderful arrival to visit
reminds me of a falcon’s swoop;
that warm and loving embrace
has more than a hint of anaconda.

So tell me; what really brings you here?

6 comments

  1. Hi Michael

    A very interesting piece that can be taken on several levels. I have seen those vines that wind around a tree or simply there to sprawl and take cover ground. Yes, it’s beautiful to behold yet hinder and squeeze out other natural inhabitants of the acreage or garden. You phrase it so well in this stanza —

    Your wonderful arrival to visit
    reminds me of a falcon’s swoop;
    that warm and loving embrace
    has more than a hint of anaconda.

    And there are people who also circle round one’s presence or space appearing to comfort but really there for other self-serving purposes.

    I really like this.
    Thanks
    Wendy

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  2. Thank you Wendy. This was about a person who came to visit after my mom’s recent illness. The person claimed to be concerned about my mom, but I suspected there were other motivations. This was my way of saying what I could not say.

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  3. Hello, Michael,

    I read this the other day and now have some time to respond. I immediately thought (upon reading it then & while rereading it now) of people whose ill-spirits offset all possibilities of peace. We all have to deal with these circumstantial folks as we know everybody isn’t peaceful nor peace-seeking. We do get to choose most times how long we hang around them. haha I like your poem and how well you crafted this theme.

    Blessings to you today,
    Jan

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  4. Thank you Jan. I do not actually dislike this person, but was upset by the insistence on coming for a visit despite my mom plainly saying that she didn’t feel up to it. That made me feel that there were other motives for the visit. Sure enough, there were a few things which had been promised that this person (a relative) took home. There were also a few things mom hid because she had promised them to someone else.

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