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It's just a butterfly

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Elizabeth Rogan

 

A prolific bougainvillea 
in High Street pink
like a ghetto Hermes scarf  
she blushed, covered the shame
of the cheap concrete bricks 

In childhood frivolity 
as tall ...

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Bonsai

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Stephen Denham

 

You’re still with us, Peter -
aged and shrunken still …
just arboreal; spirited
 
among the boughs of the
pot-sized Moreton Bay fig
you bequeathed us, before
you ...

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The Disappearing

The Disappearing has been redeveloped and we invite you to submit your poems about fading and disappeared places and spaces. Explore now »

Dwarf Eureka Lemon

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Darrell Coggins

 

The air is cold,
probing clouds smudge the sky.
 
Expectant;
dwarfed in terra-cotta
it crouches,
grafted to Flying Dragon stock.
 
Briefly,
breaking through
the sun’s rays ...

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Disturbed by Zinnias

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By John Bartlett

 

Thrusting themselves
over blue-stone walls
you blatant geometric exhibitionists
no soft pale roundness here
no delicate botanic understatement
just shouting ‘look at me!’

 

This poem is a ...

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Ficus carica

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Damien Becker

~Ficus carica~
takes the back corner

shoulders resting on two fences
haunches shading chickens dust-laid 
lazy from the hobby farmer’s failing zeal,
delivering (not quite black ...

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Tree Loppers

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Kristen Roberts

 

The council come to prune the pears they planted

beneath the power lines, two trucks

spilling workers and tools in practiced formation.

There’s no induction to ...

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Syncarpia glomulifera (Turpentine Tree)

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Dimitra Harvey

You’ve grown straight up out of stone
on this slope of forest, this ledge

of what’s left. In spring, the climbing sun
rests on each ...

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Beyond the Gate

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Alexandra Geneve

There is a
secret patch of soil
that sinks beneath
my feet.
I go there sometimes
when I want to feel
the descent
of pain outside
my ...

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Mulberry Massacre

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By H.C Lucas

Azaleas pop
under a mauve meander,
where the blackened Mulberries
stain – oil soaked
concrete mass.
And feet stamp:
one after
the other,
as micro beads of ...

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Parsley

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Angelene Karas

 

The parsley thrives in abundance.
A true treasure found in small patch of green
Blooming in the ghetto of suburbia.
She remains permanently locked in a blissful ...

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The Lotus Looters

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Damian Balassone

 

The children of the garden are afraid
of bees that wish to share the summer shade;
but no one in that garden cares to notice
that the ...

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Agave americana (A Decaying Sestina)

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Stuart Barnes

 

after Lawrence Schimel’s ‘Deleting Names (A Decaying Sestina)'

I am not a centenarian. 
A decade or two, three at most. 
I know my place. I am ...

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Diving Rod

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Tuğçe Akyüz

 

Professional danc-er? Sorry, I’m new here.

Dowser, corrected the man at the door. Using a forked stick

he found water. Slogged across the continents ...

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Bless the afternoon

By New Shoots Public Submissions

Bre Smith

Bless the afternoon  
With its auburn rays
Peaking through trees
As the day comes to pass 
Turning it’s leaves 
Into stained glass. 
The dusk 
And it’s ...

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Paperbark tree

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Mylène Charon

Paperbark tree
They had no idea

I came from France
            she came from Colombia
We found ourselves in this community
            dry as the Tanami

She got ...

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GRANDFATHERS GARDEN

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Denise Hobbs

 

Grandfather drew,
Slowly,
On his
Senior service cigarette.
As we ran,
We three,
My cousins and me.
Through the garden,
Down row upon row 
Of bounty.
 
Cherry ...

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Dazed, Clone and Cape Beach Daisies

By New Shoots Public Submissions

By Marie Dustmann

 

Dazed

Half-dazed by winter sun
And bare liquid amber trees
I don’t recognise you.

 

Clone
Plants
Crisped to DNA sequences,
Are frozen in biological soups
To ...

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