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Show and Tell

I bring in flowers every morning
lay out the deliciously hued day lily blossoms
on a clear glass platter
stand the pale blue Japanese iris
in an elegant narrow crystal holder
make a loose grouping of rosa rugosa, ajuga, ferns
in a bowl they had chosen in Greece

ďArenít they lovely?Ē
Of course, he doesnít answer
or see the flowers
and there is no path to the memory
of when he selected them
and delighted in them in his garden


Lari Smith