Efeu, a poem written by Neelima Aravind at Spillwords.com
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Efeu

Efeu

written by: Neelima Aravind

 

One of those pandemic things – baking, gardening
The English Ivy we brought home
now we can’t kill it, we can’t let it live

Easy to grow, a naïve gardener’s delight
Then you are cutting, cutting, cutting, cutting
One of those pandemic things – baking, gardening

Comes at trees like a friend for tea
Soon in your bedroom, kitchen, singing with your child
Now we can’t kill it, we can’t let it live

where does joy come from when things grow?
we water it, we wish it would die
One of those pandemic things – baking, gardening

We googled from the garden store – ‘Winter hardy’
How did we miss ‘invasive’, ’toxic’, ‘avoid like the plague’?
Now we can’t kill it, we can’t let it live

As we get outside for our air
We see our lovely friend everywhere – smothering trees, overtaking ruins or making them?
One of those pandemic things – baking, gardening
Now we can’t kill it, we can’t let it live

Neelima Aravind

Neelima Aravind

Neelima is an Engineer and an MBA graduate from Kerala, India. She spent most of her growing up years in India studying to be those things and reading everything. She now lives in Munich with her husband and a 3-year-old daughter. She writes every Friday morning with the Heeley Women Writers based in Sheffield. She speaks Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, English and German. She spends the lockdown writing, baking, gardening, reading when her daughter plays in the sand.
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