The way he said come here. Kissed the tip of my shoulder.
Bare now. The dress strap slipped. Deck of cards stacked
into a pyramid on the porch table, our weathervane. No wind.
Means when the school bus groans to a three o’clock stop
in front of our house, we will hear the blur of honeybee chatter
from the windows and think wisteria.
How the botanist said the seeds will sprout, but might never
bloom. But how they vined and dipped mischievously
underground. Choked the wood post that crutches our land.
Clockwise. Rooted, breaths-away from where we planted it.
(The small stone in my belly, vein-dry.)
We’ll try again. His whisper collarbone-thin.
I grip a pad of steel wool to buff the rust spots on our shears.
Then cradle the sharp edges in soapy water, my fingers pale as milk.
I float a handful of the violet clippings in a steel pot,
sprinkle soda ash, leaves and stems, soak a dress overnight,
the silk staining morning soft—yellow bled into green.