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first published in Seam, 19, August 2003

in collection A Stash of Gin, 2007,

Mainsail Press, ISBN 9780955302015

                  

                         Tolerance

 

 

                                         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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