rr – Nope, never used it before. I was going to go with the more general “inflorescence,” but was reminded of “panicle” while trying to figure out the likely species of yucca in the photo, and instantly felt it was the better word here.

CGP – Gardeners are cruel, aren’t they?

paisley – I’m interested that you responded to my reference to the binding of Isaac in the RWP link, which I regretted as an irrelevant aside right after I posted it. But it is a timeless koan with no clear-cut answer, I think. Kierkegaard and Buber both tied themselves in knots over it.

There have been several outstanding poems submitted for this prompt so far, but the one I find the most interesting for religious and philosophical reasons is chicklegirl’s suckling.