Poets Walk: "tendrils flying"

Poets Walk: "tendrils flying"

Location on Poets Walk Map: 18

Protest by Jocelyn Macy Sloan

There is too much pruning, too much grafting,

creating an undiversified world,

where the stray, unpredictable sprout is forbidden,

the whimsical tendril has been curbed.

I love best our sweet stunted berry

that stained our lips in summer's fields,

the tiny peas growing in childhood's garden,

the floods of wild roses on country roads.

I loved best the incredible people

who once so gaily refused the mold,

but marched as God made them,

with their untrimmed tendrils flying

and their foolish sprouts all sprouting.