Flowers

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The Botanist

Published February 14, 2014 by rlmcdermott

Love
ducked
around
the corner
when it saw
her coming
until she
found it
here–
hiding
in a field
full of
wildflowers.

She knows
their names
better than
she knows
her own–
coneflower,
lady-slipper,
brown-eyed susan.

They grab
at straws
to keep
alive. Their
days are
bright and
flat and
they roll
them on
their edges.

Deep in
the tall
grasses,
she can
hear them
sing–
a simple
song that
settles on
the wind.The Botanist

Japan

Published January 21, 2014 by rlmcdermott

red flower
paper umbrella
white snow

it is about
the small
things

a hummingbird
in a Kyoto
train station

the correct
etiquette
for eating
tempura

an old
woman
singing

cherry
blossoms

a garden
bench

a man’s
voice

musicThe Male Geisha

Nara

Published July 3, 2013 by rlmcdermott

The steps to the shrine were steep.

Young girls
dressed in
white were
selling fortunes.

A priest passed between two trees.

Someone was
calling my name,
sweet voices
in dark places;
I listened to
the small gods
and their promises.

The gray sky,
the bells ringing
through the hills,
the stone lanterns;
there was a price
to be paid that
spring day in Nara–
I didn’t know it
would be my heart.Nara