(1947-1995 / United States)

February: Thinking Of Flowers

Now wind torments the field,
turning the white surface back
on itself, back and back on itself,
like an animal licking a wound.

Nothing but white--the air, the light;
only one brown milkweed pod
bobbing in the gully, smallest
brown boat on the immense tide.

A single green sprouting thing
would restore me. . . .

Then think of the tall delphinium,
swaying, or the bee when it comes
to the tongue of the burgundy lily.

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Then think of the tall delphinium, swaying, or the bee when it comes to the tongue of the burgundy lily. - ITALIAN: Penso allora al lungo Delphinium, ondeggiante, o all'ape che si posa sulla lingua del Giglio di Borgogna.