On a prairie

As vast as

An ocean we

Sprout and struggle

Reaching up higher

Lavender and peony

Daisy and daffodil

Sunning like cats

On a windowsill

Each of us

Magnificently alone here

Until invisible vines

Tickle tender torsos

These invasive lovers

These relationships that

Slowly wind their

Way upward eventually

Becoming so entwined

That to pluck

One you pluck

The other too

But not me

I continue higher

Above the rest

Preferring to be

The best the

Tallest robust me

Chosen for beauty

And not simply

Because I’m here

As has happened

To my friends