Dryopteris


Write a two-sentence free verse poem whose title is a specific species of plant or animal; the more curious the name, the better. Personify the subject of the poem, but do not repeat any physical details or descriptions.

“Dryopteris”

Our dryad bends her head with
stricken, wilted pride;
her broken limbs abandoned
in the bleaching sun.
Oh, raindrops quench the crawling thirst of
this fair maidenhair
whose life has only just begun!

(Jacqueline Casey)

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