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From a Rhizome
Donna Hilbert





What grows from a rhizome
rises Dutch Blue,
Bearded Purple, Japanese.
Iris, amazing peasant orchid—
such homely needs:
winter rain, half-day sun,
ordinary soil.
Distant cousin to the onion,
root that cures any bland soup,
greets each child at the door
saying come in,
this is love, you are home.

From Traveler in Paradise: New and Selected Poems (Pearl Editions, 2003).
Used here with the author’s permission.

Donna Hilbert writes and teaches private workshops from her home in Long Beach, California. Her work is widely published in multiple languages and she is featured in the documentary, “Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story.”  Learn more about Donna at


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oh I love this little poem! nice Monday morning start...thanks Donna
Posted 02/18/2013 08:47 AM
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