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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019

Terri L. French
Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Passiflora incarnata

I’ve tried planting them from seed, waiting impatiently for tiny green leaves to break the earth. But none ever did. Next, I took a clipping from one I found growing wild, dipped it in root starter, planted it in a mixture of potting soil and perlite, tented it in plastic and kept it moist. But soon the leaves shriveled and fell off, leaving a rootless stem. Today while walking I spotted its vine and followed it into the brush to a lone lavender-colored flower. Its wavy, unruly petals and sepals like the hair of a wanton woman. The yellow stigma jutting out at me, taunting me, letting me know she would never be possessed.

when love
sneaks up on you. . .
passion flower



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