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Perennial Sweet Alyssum

by Jonathan Charles Stephens (United States)

November 2021

Write the World Review

Audio: "Perennial Sweet Alyssum," read by Jonathan Charles Stephens

Frantically bloom in that certain spring room
whilst flurries spackle in a somewhat summer's heat,
the autumn dew refracts your leaved cheek—
such seasons never quite pass.

Ingrain yourself in a wild honey;
flail a standing ovation with petaled hands

All to beckon for that springs’ encore.

Five too many seasons passed that year
all of which
felt wasted and drowned
in the sweltering winter.

Continue to bloom
passionately evergreen
to maybe become
unlike this inconspicuous season.


Alyssum are a kind of flowering plant that are considered perennial. They can survive a light frost and spread in their small-chested wingspan. Thus, they tend to work as a subtle background texture to other plants, elevating the arrangement or natural occurrence through quiet competence.

Jonathan Charles Stephens, age 17, lives in New Jersey and spends his time hula hooping, collecting flowers to press, telling jokes, and writing about the world around him. With this poem he aimed to articulate his pandemic experience and hopes that you will find meaning both in and beyond that frame.

#Nature         #Environment

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Tom Lofft

9/24/22, 2:13 PM

Was this inspired by flights over Iceland?


9/24/22, 10:04 AM

Amazing. I love it.


9/23/22, 7:34 AM

This is just so good!!!! "The air has been poisoned' I love how you describe things! Congrats :))


9/23/22, 7:32 AM

Love the message! The way you prompt the readers to rethink over 'is anything free' is so effective and the ending is...gorgeous.


9/23/22, 7:30 AM

Gosh, Antara...this is really beautiful! I love your use of language, and the anecdotes were so effective!! Congrats so much :))

Nidhi Kamalapurkar

9/22/22, 9:30 PM

I love it! Especially the part where you say if humans can control the world, they can control themselves too!
Keep up the brilliant writing!


9/22/22, 5:22 PM

Poignant and so beautifully written!


9/22/22, 5:19 PM

I love the flow, this is gorgeously written! Great piece!


9/22/22, 5:17 PM

Life really is all about the little things and you wrote about them in a beautiful way!


9/22/22, 5:16 PM

This is a lovely piece, Keren-Happuch! It provokes such a magical and dreamy feeling.


9/19/22, 5:47 PM

Oh my god, the part about changing the mindset given the pre-existing beliefs drilled in by those around us... Even we often hesitate to have these conversations at times amongst friends as this topic is seldom more than a subject of twss jokes. You put it into words brilliantly!

Avisha M

9/17/22, 6:46 PM

this was thought-provoking! I particularly enjoyed how you connected existentialism to the topic. it provides a different perspective.