Word of the Day: Effloresce

Word of the Day: Effloresce

In this series, I will take the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and craft a short piece of creative writing around it.  My goal is to embrace the meaning of the word in some unique way, all the while trying out different styles, rhythms and characterizations.  It is as much an exercise in creativity as it is an exploration of grammar. Enjoy!

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By Alex Seise

Bumblebees and butterflies lazily lofted above the early morning dew as the sun started to peek out from behind the distant tree line. The meadow was peacefully serene and serendipitously pitchy; the moment the sunlight waxed yellow over the clover, the water droplets would sizzle and steam away into a moment or two of mist, then lift away altogether. The thick, waterlogged air would send the flying insects away for a moment, but they would quickly return. As soon as the atmosphere cleared and the leafy greens sprung from their heavy hydration, the daily ritual of efflorescence would envelop the field in a sea of fluffy white flowers on delicate green stems. Almost at once, thousands would shout silently and bob into the air, then burst open, greeting the dawn with childlike exuberance. Then the bumblebees and butterflies would flutter back down to Earth and go about their daily routines, sipping at nectar with spindly black tongues while powdering their thighs with dusty yellow pollen. The sweet look was a fabulous spring fashion that accentuated the shape of their thin, brittle wings.

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