Carolyn Miller Flowers for My Mother All through my childhood and on every visit home I went into the woods and along the blacktop roads, picking flowers for my mother. I brought them back to the house--wild roses, daisies, violets, redbud, honeysuckle, the tiny white ones that turn into beggar's lice-- trailing petals and dirt and insects across the floor, and put them in a vase and set them on the dining table, where they slowly died, dropping leaves and pollen and pistils and tiny hairs on the shining surface, bringing old news from the growing world. Sunny Morning, February And then I realized that spring was here, that the plum trees and tulip trees and acacias had been blooming for weeks in the cold and the fog, that though it was late, Chinese New Year was almost here, and for a while, maybe no one else I loved would die, that I should go out and make my way among the people buying pomelos and quince blossoms, feeling the sun on my face both for myself and for those who no longer could, and I walked out into my ghost-filled city, and it shone.
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jan 26, 2012
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