News From the Natural World: Clusters of Clover


Today’s poem was inspired by this article about clover.

across the meadow
red and white clover explodes
like supernovas
orbited by honeybees
pulled in by their sweet nectar

Draft © Catherine Flynn, 2020

Photo via Pixabay

Other “News From the Natural World” poems:

April 9: Song of the Pink Moon
April 8: Jewel of the Jungle
April 5: Phantom of the Forest
April 4: To Build a Nest
April 3: Apple Cake
April 2: Specimen
April 1: Forest Snail

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup at The Poem Farm today. Be sure to stop by for more poetry goodness.

Also, don’t forget to check in on the Progressive Poem. Matt Forrest Esenwine has today’s new line.

1 Donna Smith at Mainely Write
2 Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3 Jone MacCulloch, deowriter
Liz Steinglass
Buffy Silverman
Kay McGriff
7 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8 Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
11 Janet Fagel, hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
15 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18 Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19 Tabatha at Opposite of Indifference
20 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22 Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
23 Ruth,
24 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering
25 Amy at The Poem Farm
26 Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work That Matters
27 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
29 Fran Haley at lit bits and pieces
30 Michelle Kogan

26 thoughts on “News From the Natural World: Clusters of Clover

  1. Hi, I’m the editor of, the guy who had the idea for, and who assigned and edited, the article that inspired you. That’s easily the nicest thing to happen to me today – that the story would inspire a lovely work of creative art. Thanks!
    Clover has really had a bad rap for the past, oh, 75 years. In the late 19th and early 20th century, clover seed was a part of most grass seed mixes – until the chemical fertilizer industry invented synthetic broadleaf weed killer. Then, in the worst case of malicious plant rebranding since tea got dumped into the Boston Harbor, clover was redefined as a weed. At last, we’re thinking over why we kill clover. It’s a perfectly fine looking ground cover, with several benefits.

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  2. It is such a gift when a poem helps us see something in a new way. I, too, like clover, and your poem brings out this small lovely drama in a way that has helped me like it even more. This is a wonderful series. Happy continued National Poetry Month, and many wishes for good health to you and your loved ones. xx

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  3. How fun that the clover article editor came over to appreciate your art!

    Another benefit of clover is how drought resistant it is. When everyone else’s yards turn brown in the fall, ours stays green because of our “clusters of clover!”

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  4. I am happy to see that first comment by the editor of the article. I love clover, too, from childhood searches for those lucky four leaves & its softness on bare feet. But, when we went bare-footed, we had to watch out for bees! This is the time to welcome those bees with clover & leaving the dandelions, some of the first food. I love your ‘supernovas’, Catherine!

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  5. We have a type of clover that has little purple flowers. We also have that “supernova” species that covers the fields. I fondly remember making clover crowns.

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  6. This poem takes me back to my growing up days, when I lived closer to your neck of the woods, Catherine. I miss those clusters of supernovas. I fondly recall making clover chains and picking tiny bouquets.


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