|Adolph de Meyer (1927)|
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Every southern girl knows sea-wind and sea-spray
can age a girl if she's not careful,
admit I'm prone to imitate star-shaped pennywort
and trumpeted morning glory anchoring themselves beachside
venerating the sun.
Often seek salve for heated skin mid-afternoon,
consider sweet gum, black tupelo, oak;
find comfort beneath alabaster ornamentals and waxy leaves
flaunting my best Scarlet O'Hara
but tan lines and freckles are dead give-aways
despite wide-brimmed straw hat and magnolia's shade
not to mention my southern drawl's non-existent,
blue eyes aren't cat green,
and honeyed tongue is absent from my DNA.
by Margaret Bednar, April 7, 2018
This is linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Camera Flash" This was one of two portraits offered for the challenge. Also linked with NaPoWriMo - National Poetry Month (30 Poems in 30 Days).
I'm a transplanted northern girl doing my best here in the south.