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


from Variations on Sappho 95





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,



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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