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.





Queen Anne’s Lace

An elegant name for what is often
considered a weed. Wild carrot. White flower.
They recall a runner my mother placed
on the dining room table for holidays.
A purple drop from a wine glass.