May/June 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 3 Nature's NatureMay 1, 2017 |

Spear Globemallow

Sphaeralcea hastulata In the mirror broken cottonwoodsare closer than they appear, then gone."Look, it's the New Mexico wildflower!"He points to a Walmart bag bloomed from sagebrush.A beer can birthed from yucca. If the earth laughsin flowers, it weeps in litter. Following his finger, I seelittle orange flowers. They grow from a downy clumpof muted green; their orange petals cup a columnof stamens. They bloom from last frost to first, nichingthe whole city's expanse from river to mountain.As wild as a wildflower gets. I've heardthe globemallow is good for sore throats, rashes, and memorieswhere you are always looking the other way.

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