from sequence "The Pansy Poems"
previously published in Reactions, 4, 2003
and Songs from the Flats, 2005,
Hearing Eye, ISBN 1-905082-01-0
The blooms should be thick and circular,
no waviness in the petals, they should
possess a glossy, velvet appearance.
In Kill ’em and eat ’em Street, we watch.
The face of the bloom should be slightly
arched or convex, with a small eye.
The dustbin lids have gone missing again.
The two centre petals should meet above
and reach well up on the top two.
The landladies are on the roof.
The lower petal should be sufficiently
deep and broad for balance and each
should lie evenly upon the others.
They can’t find them either.
To elaborate further, the top of the lower
petal should be straight and flat.
But look what they’ve spotted.
The two centre petals should be arranged
evenly on either side of an imaginary
line drawn through the yellow eye.
Someone’s hanging out washing at number 3.
The top of these petals should reach to the same
height on the upper petals so that the whole
of the bloom is evenly balanced.
It isn’t Monday. Someone will pay.
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