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published in Stand, 8, 2, no.186, 2008

 

from Variations on Sappho 95

 

 

21

 

No wonder, Ms Dally,

the florist mistook your name for Mrs Dalloway

 

when you gathered sickle arm-

fuls of arum-

 

lilies, irises, delphiniums and lilac,

all that we’ve come to lack

 

since the flowering of modernism …  Stand,

as an urn and vase shall always stand

 

on your étagère and music cabinet

or a kitchen unit,

 

over-

flowering with flowers and with greenery leafed over

 

to the leaf everlasting.  Never endue

the sickly lotuses with their due.

 

 

Chris Preddle

 

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