The Life and Times of a Houseplant
The green tendrils of the sprout you are cannot escape these terra-cotta confines,
Because the bus doesn’t stop in this botanical graveyard.
And though its tracks innervate the ruddy ground,
like the mighty roots of a long-dead oak,
the train doesn’t stop here either.
You were not meant to make it out.
Your leaves stretch upward and to the sides,
A tangle of grace moving toward the glowing sun.
The pot just wasn’t designed for it.
And it’s not even you as a person or plant,
it’s just an inconvenience of your existence.
Unlike the others, you were meant to grow,
just not that much,
Lilla Bozek is a sixteen-year-old from Newmarket, New Hampshire, USA, and state champion of the 2021 Poetry Out Loud competition. Their works explore identity in the modern age through a semi-whimsical lens. When not writing poetry, they enjoy other pretentious stuff, like indoor gardening and Wes Anderson films.