Treasure Island

S.zaynub Kamoonpuri


Fantastic flora masquerade


Creeping creepy creepers, the crawling trellis
jutting out of everywhere
snaking through country and metropolis
twisting turning like snakes that feign death for self-defense!

Weeping willows with an unreal surreal sorrow
weeping tears of dew onto the silted furrow.
Perhaps weeping for bretheren felled
in deforestations and land clearings in
my imaginations of the call to preservation.
Velvety-green tear- stained faces or rather foliage
Dew stuck on them as nature's trinkets of pearls.

And over there touch-me-nots swaying coyly
like prim and proper maidens
in the fantastic floral gardens.


And what in the world is this case?
Imitation flowery in place of imitation jewellery?
Yeah, thats poinsettia in a vase
Leaves in the disguise of flowers
Its actual flowers relegated to backstage.

And ethereal fairy-slippers await their never coming wearers
and Indian pipes to be admired by Red Indian sightseers.


Oh and here's another spectacle- but sniper tactics this time
Yikes! Let the naive insect world beware!
Whilst the bloodthirsty killers lie in ambush
Those camouflaged jungle guerrillas
or should we say the venus fly-traps!

Or a more harmless one yet mimicking the scary
A snap-dragon flora, its mouth opening and snapping shut.

Then watch that mega-sized jumbo giant flora
The world's largest flower
No stems, no leaves, plant-eater plant, rafflesia.
Is it too much for the faint-hearted ha ha.

And wow now watch that incredible costume, oh my!
A flower masked as some pesky fly!
None other than the remarkable fly orchid.

And yet another, the silent music of the fiddlenecks
Fiddles as if for the light-weight fairies.

And lastly not forgetting ofcourse
the sky-blue unforgettable forget-me-nots
A memorable bouquet but themselves devoid of memory.

Ah abra ca dabra if you wish to view
more of flora in a fancy dress masquerade
Go ahead and flip through the pages of
a botanical, floral
horticultural
pictorial journal.
And see for yourself the fantastic flora's charade
or else imagine them dressed as a floral renegade!

Submitted: Saturday, October 05, 2013
Edited: Monday, October 07, 2013

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  • Danny Draper (10/11/2013 5:43:00 PM)

    This is a terrific read especially for me as a poet, Horticulturist and Arboriculturist. What's not to love about plants and plants. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/8/2013 8:47:00 AM)

    Here I captured the botanist, a poetess like a beautiful garden, poem is so beautiful seems to be in a botanical garden thank Zaynub (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (10/7/2013 8:08:00 AM)

    We are all attracted to the beauty of the rebirth portrayed in flowers. The bud, the bloom,
    the unfolding with the glorious scents. (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Colon (10/6/2013 4:35:00 PM)

    I enjoyed taking a fantasy walk through your garden. It was wonderful. I love gardening. Fall is beginning here now and there won't be too many flowers to see very soon. When it gets too cold and the snow falls, I will return to your poem and take another tour. You did an excellent job! (Report) Reply

  • Ghayas Sayyed (10/6/2013 9:10:00 AM)

    ahaa.....i cn see the hidden mystery.....of....of sorrrow....light......in a meaning creating...pearls...of, , words...***
    ultimate class....Respected...Sayeda Zainab..sahiba... (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (10/6/2013 4:26:00 AM)

    An imagination of beauty from looking in a wonderful book making nature come alive (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/6/2013 4:20:00 AM)

    The range of fantastic flowers and plants described is astounding and that too in jingling verse!

    The blood thirsty killer that lies in ambush... the Venus fly trap is the most amazing of all! Enjoyed this great write much! A sure 10 (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (10/6/2013 2:57:00 AM)

    A lovely poem with some great lines I especially enjoyed 'And ethereal fairy slippers await their never coming wearers'
    A joy to read :) (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (10/6/2013 1:28:00 AM)

    A fascinating natural world - my favourite is the fly orchid - must be frustrating for the poor males, or maybe they don't even realize they've been tricked. Spiders imitate flowers too, but there again the fly is the victim. (Report) Reply

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