2015 PAD – Day 22

Diamondqueen outdoors at the Laura Ingalls Wilder farm Rocky Ridge. Is she really as happy as she looks?

Diamondqueen outdoors at the Laura Ingalls Wilder farm Rocky Ridge. Is she really as happy as she looks?

The day 22 prompt at Poetic Asides is “write a nature poem,” quite appropriate for Earth Day. As Robert Lee Brewer points out, it doesn’t have to be a poem about the outdoors; there’s also human nature, being a natural at something, and the nature of the beast (or whatever—substitute what you will for “beast”).

I went with the natural world because it gives me a great opportunity to portray Diamondqueen, someone wholly dedicated to recycling and anything to save the planet—but who doesn’t really relish being outdoors:

NATURE GIRL

She was all for The Earth
and would do anything to save it
as along as she didn’t have to interact
personally with nature. She’d hug a tree
if it weren’t for the bark–and the bugs–
and the sap. She hated picnics,
the bits of twigs and leaves
drifting above the plates, the dried
bird poop on the wooden benches,
small flying things in the potato salad.

On a weekend rustic retreat, she fretted
that every plant in the woods
was poison ivy, even when it didn’t have
three leaves. Dedicated to making
her steps quota, she strode down the gravel lane,
her neon shoes flashing. The day
was too warm, she swatted at gnats,
the majestic flowering trees were surely
coating her sinuses with pollen.
She couldn’t wait to return to the cabin,
switch on the air, take a gulp of diet soda,
and try to convince herself she hadn’t swallowed
whatever had been buzzing around her lips.

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