camelia bush

My Younger Self

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


    1. 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.

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