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first published in Seam, 19, August 2003

in collection A Stash of Gin, 2007,

Mainsail Press, ISBN 9780955302015





                                         In its own way, dazzling.


Jagged leaves,


                                         prickly as a thistle,


a brood of buds,


                                         one yellow bloom.




I cannot sever it,


                                         so healthy, so high


above the cultivars.


                                         My mother walks down the path:


silently Iím needling her to notice.




                                         She doesnít.


Either she needs new glasses


                                         or has lost the urge to fight.


Hoverflies are simmering


                                          like shame.




Emily Dening


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