You Don’t Put Flowers In Poems

You Don’t Put Flowers In Poems

             You don’t put flowers in poems          for decoration, or to fill in          empty spaces, but because          they punctuated your days          at a certain juncture—          like the milkweed blooming          by the road when I went running...
Afterword

Afterword

The maple limb severed by a December storm still blossoms in May where it lies on the ground, its red tassels a message from the other side, like a letter arriving after its writer has died.