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Springer



beside the long cool roll of verdant mill creek
with ducks cruising among thirsty roots and mossy rocks like riverboats
a pepper- red poppy stands in the early summer sun.
a high-tempered diva, she stands among “love in a mist” and orange wall-flowers -
their barbed lime roundness counterpointing her thin tissue paper beauty.
her ebony black face as she soaks up the sun’s glory;
she knows me, you see,
or rather, is confidant i know her.
“take my picture” she coos then sticks her celebrity pose
nose in air “the wall-flowers need to exude all their sickly-sweet perfume,
rocks need their water flowing daintily over them to entice in summer’s heat.
with me – what you see is all you get.
all i need is me and you

…and you to remember me.”

About this poem

Published in Write The Town 2016. Mid-Valley Poets Society.2016. Written on site at Springer Botanical Garden, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

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Written on June 04, 2016

Submitted by Ariel on September 19, 2021

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Ariel

Ariel is a full-time Pacific Northwest poet, often participating at Oregon Open Mics events. She has been published in Gold Man Review, AIM, The Widow’s Handbook, and most recently in Terra Incognita, On The Platform Waiting and Free From Monsters. Ariel often collaborates in many Willamette Valley poetry/art projects and is a member of Oregon Poetry Association, Mid-Valley Poets Association, Willamette Writers and Poet. Her website is poetariel.net. more…

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