Allium: an acrostic


I’ve been partially participating in Laura Shovan‘s Found Object Poetry Project this month. This photo (Day 28) had me longing for spring and budding flowers.


I recognized the distinctive bud as most likely belonging to the Allium family but did a quick search to make sure I wasn’t totally off-base. I then discovered the botanical term “umbel”. An umbel is a group or cluster of flowers with a number of short flower stalks coming from one common central point, rather like the ribs of an umbrella. It’s typical of the Allium family. Given a bit more time, this bud would burst out into a beautiful umbel, potentially looking something like this:


istock_000000133861_small.jpgBlooming Allium always remind me of fireworks. They’re such jubilant blossoms and have a bit of over-the-top Seuss-like whimsy to them.  The photo of the bud planted the idea of them “lollipopping” into the sky, I discovered the word, umbel, (happily beginning with a u) and this acrostic poem grew from there.


A burgeoning bud
Lollipops into the sky
Launches into an
Making merry in the garden

Note to self: Pick up some Allium bulbs this May for an explosion of color in the garden.   Spring can’t come soon enough!

If you’d like to read some more poetry, head on over to Elizabeth Steinglass‘s blog– She’s hosting today’s Poetry Friday Round up!

11 thoughts on “Allium: an acrostic

  1. cvarsalona says:

    Looks like you knew what type of flower this was. I had no clue. I like how you got to the final piece. The fireworks are definitely noteworthy but using the word lollipop was a good insertion. Thanks.

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  2. I love the images and the poem! My experience with acrostics is sixth graders using their names to describe themselves. This was a welcome change. Beautifully written.

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  3. Amy says:

    I’m looking forward to the poetry that will bloom from the May explosion.

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  4. What a happy, joyful poem, Molly! I love “lollipops into the sky!” I’ve missed writing along with everyone this week. Maybe I’ll get a chance to catch up this weekend. Hope you get a chance to plant those bulbs soon!

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  5. lsteinglass says:

    I had no idea the bud looked like that. It is so cool and umbel is such a great word. I too love lollipops into the sky, and burgeoning bud.

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  6. jarhartz says:

    I looked at the picture and was stumped! I had no idea. They are like fireworks in the spring or “lollipops in the sky”

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  7. maryleehahn says:

    I hate to pop your bubble, but it’s GARLIC!! (No worries — I still love your poem!)


    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m glad you liked the poem, MaryLee, and my bubble remains intact! 🙂 Garlic is actually a member of the Allium family–they’re all onion-y plants but quite beautiful in bloom. Think chives! 🙂


  8. A wonderful acrostic, especially love the last line. And a new word! I hope I don’t immediately forget it. It so diminishes the happiness of learning it when it doesn’t stick.

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  9. mbhmaine says:

    Thanks, Brenda! I also love learning new words–this one is akin to umbrella (ribs from a central point) so I think I’ve got a better chance than usual of remembering though I may be tempted to add an “r.”


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