Eric Torgersen


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New Leaves


In the kitchen window
the coleus I cut down to stumps
to make cuttings for friends
is spreading new leaves to the sun.

Small hairs
the light catches
rise from the new leaves;
red seeps into green
along the veins.

The newest
is brightest.

The plant
cocks intelligent
faces
at the sun
and looks and looks and looks.

I would visit my friends
but feel troubled and shy.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, June 06, 2012

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  • Rookie - 327 Points Captain Cur (6/7/2014 7:13:00 AM)

    A poem of beauty and pain.
    Friends are like plants
    give them warmth and love,
    no matter how they are cut down
    they will come back. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Payal Lalwani (6/7/2013 12:57:00 PM)

    Very poetic-the way the science of the Sunlight acting as a stimuli has been worded - 'the plant cocks.....Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Parithi Muthurasan (6/8/2012 3:02:00 AM)

    VERY VERY INSPIRED POEM ALL THE LINES ARE BEAUTIFUL....The newest
    is brightest................SIMPLE AND SUPER (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Deci Hernandez (6/7/2012 1:58:00 PM)

    ha ha. i threw away my plants. my neighbor took them out and kept them now i miss them. and to think some think i act compusively. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,560 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (6/7/2012 8:21:00 AM)

    I would visit my friends
    but feel troubled and shy.

    Nice stitch. This last two lines gives the writing another status of social reality. Beautiful cool writing but much powerful to touch the conscious. Regards, pranab. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 327 Points Captain Cur (6/7/2012 7:25:00 AM)

    A well crafted and beautifully written poem,
    the meaning I cultivated was the clash between
    old hopes and new dreams. (Report) Reply

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