Bromeliads and Motherhood

A Haiku reflection on motherhood and an empty nest.

I published my first Haiku this week in a publication called Haiku Hub. They had a prompt for Haikus with the theme “Life”.

If you’re unfamiliar with bromeliads, each plant blooms only once. After it flowers, it sends up a pup, or baby plant. After the pup, the “mother” plant’s job is done. I have beds of bromeliads 4 generations deep, each baby plant growing up taller than the previous generation. I’ve been thinning them out, and it struck me how the momma plant creates a flower, a pup, and then is obsolete. Here’s my reflection from a new empty nester.

Babies climbing strong
efflorescence is no more
mother obsolete


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