GloPoWriMo#27 The Chicory of Waiting

I am lucky to be able to feature two poems about common weeds that grow here in Virginia. The first is the famed dandelion. My poem “Dent De Lion” was published today on Spillwords. A huge thanks to Editor Dagmara K. for publishing my words. I would be ever-so honored if you visited to read my poem there. And now, for my newest weed-inspired poem, “The Chicory of Waiting.”

Happy Spring!

The Chicory of Waiting

Roadside weed,
a blue-eyed maiden
Each term
she sprouts on berm
wed to a promise
that he will return 
from sloppy sea.

Oh Chicory! Chicory!
Hopeful every season. 

Before the dew, she
ope's her eyes,
afraid to miss 
one morning's rise.
In fear her love 
may wander by,
gone for awhile, 
but not forgotten.

Oh Chicory! Chicory!
Lonely by end of season.

Last winter,
his imported seed
laid to rest 
in memory's cemetery.
By barren noon,
she stands alone
in borrowed blue,
bitter and depressed.

Oh Chicory! Chicory!
Waiting every season. 

©2023 | K. Hartless

GloPoWriMo#27 Now write your own poem titled “The ________ of ________,” where the first blank is a very particular kind of plant or animal, and the second blank is an abstract noun. The poem should contain at least one simile that plays on double meanings or otherwise doesn’t quite make “sense,” and describe things or beings from very different times or places as co-existing in the same space.


  1. congrats on the publication of dandelion poem; enjoyed it; had to look up ‘doon’, then ‘doon head’; no joy:) loved the preceding images though; it is good to celebrate the overlooked ; will gave ‘chicory ‘ a look in later —

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