Plants and Landlady

Depression’s noxious air

Endangers house plants

One leaf’s shriveled

Several more lie limp

Listless, touch of ennui…

Owner’s in charge

Owes mutual obligation

To provide nurturing

Environment…but as

Caregivers go, perhaps

Grace is due, spare her

Stern censure

For the real world’s out

Of balance, has run amok

Turned inside down

It’s difficult enough to

Shore up the virtual

Globe, keep its gears

Well oiled, clicking…

The plants, after all

Have basic necessities

Good soil, summer light

Words of praise with

Water, music playing

Throughout the night

And they get relocated


(Luxury owner lacks)

Truth is, they’re of hardy

Bent… like landlady who

Doesn’t charge them rent

Image & Text: ©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

14 thoughts on “Plants and Landlady

  1. Well done! I am amazed at how well you combine all those prompts. Speaking of houseplants, I have two that just won’t cooperate so I’ve put them out on our tiny deck. “Behave!” I told them. “Time to bloom already!” We’ll see – maybe they’d prefer the shaded hot and humid. Rather than the AC and depression’s noxious air…(great line).


    1. Haha, thank you, Andrea–sometimes the words just fall together on the page for me 🙂 And I’m so chuckling at your exhortations to your plants–sounds like me when I’m in a ‘mood’, and mine act like I’m supposed to do their growing/thriving for them, good grief!! 🙂 🙂 Not having A/C, I don’t know how that affects plants–but I’m guessing “shaded hot and humid” might be just the trick! Keep me posted 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome. I’ll let you know how it goes. One of them is a Christmas cactus – so I’m thinking a cactus likes hot and humid. We’ll see what happens.


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