Dandelions dare to dizzy the gardener,
And daisies dutifully dress the dead;
An imported iris signals great respect,
As roses might make the newly wed.
A sunflower shines a kiss for the sick,
And tulips may tempt or tame a rage;
Tiger lilies and cats don’t go together,
Nor do some 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 this tenacious tangle of forget-me-knots.
Poetry: Throwback: 2000: Encomium