Dandelions dare to dizzy the gardener,
And daisies dutifully dress the dead;
An imported iris signals great respect,
And roses arouse the newly wed.
A sunflower shines a kiss for the sick
And tulips might tempt or tame a rage;
Tiger lilies and cats don’t go together,
Nor do most people and purple sage.
But what would I do with an empty vase
Except put it away with the porridge pots?
For between us there is just dust to water,
Save the sobering blooms of forget-me-nots.