She is patient
with my lack of experience,
not minding the absence of green
in my thumb.
Mint curls a tendril around me.
“I will teach you,” she says.
“All you want to know.”
For starters, she is independent.
Take her inside over the winter
and she will wither. It is no kindness
to keep her from the world she loves.
But that doesn’t mean
she’ll shun all attention.
Check in on her
on dry, hot days.
Mint loves to stay a little wet,
but not drown.
She makes a lovely companion
in the quiet of your back porch.
But mind that she’s in a place that suits you both.
Otherwise, she’ll run wild
over the rest of your garden
until all you can taste is her
on the heavy summer air.
There is something about mint
that plays well with my energy.
There is something familiar and dear
about her tingle.
There is something about mint that feels
like the sweetest magic I’d forgotten
or pushed away.
But mint holds no grudges.
So long as I respect her
she rewards me
with a bright, effusive flavor
that lingers in my mouth
or her distinctive scent
on my hand when I stroke her.
Song Choice: Treat Her Like A Lady by The Temptations
Liner Notes For This Groove: This poem was created for the prompt given by Poets and Storytellers United, Mining the Journals. I like to take notes on plants I try growing for various and sundry purposes. LOL, mint is the first plant I really tried to grow. It helps a lot that I enjoy a cup of mint tea blend in the evenings.