Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tropica Botanica

Houseplants grow here
We feel a bit deflated,
Having thought our apartment
Was their natural habitat.
Not watering cans,
And squalls,
Not spritzers,
Are what the foliage needs.
We are in their element,
Their apartment,
And imagine them whispering:
Is this their natural habitat?

Eric R. Eaton, circa 1989

Image of Monstera Plants at Rainbow Falls, Wailuku River State Park, Island of Hawaii, by Jeff Gnass and featured in the Wilderness 1989 Sierra Club Engagement Calendar. It inspired the poem.

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