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enmity sprang up between them,

unbidden, unheeded,

like a patch of green alkanet

in an untended border.

needing little to root

and flourish –

an imagined insult

or chance overheard remark,

some unwise confidence

after too much fine wine.

alkanet

a hardy perennial,

stubborn in its

determination to thrive

so soon a fixture,

a permanence,

it is as if, instead of

a late arrival, recent as the rain

blown in on a summer storm

from the indifferent sea,

it had always been there,

insidious, damaging and deep.

 

Image from wildflowerfinder.org.uk.

 

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