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Peonies

Peonies begin
slowly
as a poem does
tightly sheathed
not even a hint
of heartbreaking
silk and satin
then the unfurled
furious passion
after a long space
with nothing to do
but wait, ants crawling
all over you
for the sweet
sap of bloom.

Peonies last only a few weeks
a neighbor says.
They just sit there
cluttering up the border
with their plain green.
Why would you want them?

Orgasms don’t last
long either, but
I’m not going to give
them up
and by the way,
although even poems
pass by quickly, they can
inhabit you forever.

published 2001

publisher Seraphim Editions

category Taking Root

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