Out of Season



Calendar autumn. Morning winter. Frost on windshields.

But in this room, spring hydrangea  blooms

from a greenhouse or a somewhere spring.

Unthinking, it doesn’t feel out of season,

misplaced in time and space.                                  I do.



Vase of Dahlias, 1883, Claude Monet






I cut dahlias to fill the vase

so that they would greet you today

when you returned from the doctor’s office –


but you didn’t notice them until now.


You said they looked sad and wilted.