I walked to the house
from the laundry line, the heat
already steamrolling fringes of color out
of the air at nine in the morning.
I was wearing the frumpy
loose dress I fell in love with on the
mannequin but which seemed to olden
on me the first time I wore it.
There I was, shuffling
past the pitiable lavender bed
clutched by weeds and grass,
with here and there pincushion heads
of powdery purple trying
to be charming, reaching out to me,
as if I were the woman
to free them into their full sun
potential. Had they been words
to be weeded into poems, I’d have sat
with them in the latitude of the morning,
yanking away grasses of the outer
world, spreading apart their leggy stems, reaching
in for heads, coaxing them into the bright air
to breathe their wild and dusty breath,
fighting for their very life from within.