Saint Julian Press Poet
Elaine Fletcher Chapman
ANTICIPATION OF BLOSSOMS
My mother knew nothing of delphinium and dahlias,
even less of lilies, those fleur–de–lis’ marking north.
She resisted beauty, discouraged the ornamental.
She enjoyed a blossom only when fruit was forthcoming,
especially the pear. She surprised me by ordering daffodils,
enough for her entire front yard. Then buried each one,
the correct depth.
She told me, I’m only interested in the anticipation of blooms.
I didn’t believe her. I thought: conversion, a door ajar,
a breeze passing through. A breeze with fragrance.
What she knew, I didn’t understand.
Then her short dying, then her death,
several weeks before May, before the daffodils first blooming.
Hunger for Salt by
Elaine Fletcher Chapman * ISBN-13: 978-0-9986404-1-9 *
ISBN 10: 0-9986404-1-7
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