Friday, September 30, 2016


My father grew marigolds,
Snap dragons, garden pinks,
Tulips, bachelor's buttons,
Morning glories, four o'clocks,
Tiger lilies, pansies, daffodils
And some flowers whose names
I have decided to omit
In order to protect their privacy
(You know who you are;
Need I say more than this
Portulaca? Queen Anne’s Lace?
I thought not).
Sometimes a stray cat
Would climb onto the porch and sit
Waiting with me.

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