Sweet Pea by Jonie McIntire

Wild Sweet Pea
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Sweet Pea
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Child born early
            cusping April
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who struggled    pale blue face
  to be born
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            he shoots up
    green through sand
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            tender petals curling
   back to find their edges
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my daughter
       who is now my son
.
is learning how
   to drive
.
            wraps tendrils
around the wheel
.
   climbs from back seat
up front
.
     delicate face bright
              and forward
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jonie
Jonie McIntire is author of chapbooks Semidomesticated (Red Flag Poetry, 2021), Beyond the Sidewalk (Nightballet Press, 2017) and Not All Who Are Lost Wander (Finishing Line Press, 2016). She hosts a popular monthly poetry reading series called Uncloistered Poetry, which brings poets in from around the country. She has received multiple Accelerator Grants from the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. Learn more about her at https://www.joniemcintire.net
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