Winter 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 1 Poetry |

Canary Bird Flower in Your Chaste Tree

We were writing, my Erica, in darkness, a darkening room, the last light, overdressed  for late spring. I fell asleep gazing at forget- me-nots and dreamt of fight-me-nots, protect-  me-won'ts. I dreamt of flowers that tell the truth. Chokecherry. Climbing lily. Bridal veil broom.  Woke remembering love-in-a-mist. Bleeding heart. Love-lies-bleeding. Lady finger. Heartstring.  Remember glory-of-snow and glory-of-sun? I want more. Safety-while-kissing, home-hard-won.  Obsession-with-red, flame bush, freckle face. Marguerite, I want our world caught mid-race,  poppy off guard, like reading in a dark room, these flower names: Sweet cicely abloom  with summer holly, sweet william and sultan. Stoneface only in poker, jasmine and royal ann everywhere you look. Canssa and busy lizzie and the bush morning glory in dishabille  of course, we wouldn't have her any other way. I'll be your bachelor's button, I'll be your gay-  feather. I'll plant heather up our walk, a

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