My Younger Self

camelia bush

I saw myself
at the bottom
of a pink camellia bush

stretched out
and flailing
as my younger self

(a perky pink bud)
looked away
in disdain

how could she
know? that actually
she was looking at herself

© 2018 Melinda J. Irvine

camellia bush

Melinda J. Irvine at 13 or 14

pink camelia bud and bush

4 responses to “My Younger Self”

  1. Cindy Avatar

    Very cute! ^_^

    1. Melinda J. Irvine Avatar

      I remember trying to look grownup in that top. It was a hand-me-down from my cousin and I had to tie it in a knot because it was way to big. 🙂

  2. ksbeth Avatar

    this is wonderful, melinda. what a metaphor

    1. Melinda J. Irvine Avatar

      oh thank you, my cousin sent me this old photo of me she’d taken in the early 80s and then stumbling on this camellia bush in my other cousin’s garden yesterday morning and the 2 just synced. oh the things i would say to my younger self hahaha.