And Then It Blossomed
Jessica Wiseman Lawrence


It opened- buttery pink and bent.
The parts stamen and pistol were petals and rooting.
It stood gorgeous and green-celled.

It invited hummingbirds, regarded stained-glass feathers,
beckoned powdery bees’ legs to busy themselves, and powdery wings to rest.
It commanded a summer’s worth of glistening industry.

It was a bloom- diaphanous and bent
Pollen and dark fern leaves curled with sun and rain, and the night.
It stood gorgeous and green-celled,

and then it blossomed.


Jessica Wiseman Lawrence studied creative writing at Longwood University, earning a B.A. and participating in the university’s M.F.A program. You can find her recent work upcoming or published in Origins, Antiphon, and Third Wednesday, along with many others. She lives in rural central Virginia, where she is an office manager by day.