September 02, 2007

IF THE POEM IS BROKEN,
HOW CAN THE SUNFLOWERS BREATHE?

They canít. The desert sunflower,
the slender sunflower,
Nutallís sunflower,
the Kansas sunflower
and the California sunflower
will all hang their heads.
Stomata will close
on diamond-shaped,
lancelike, and oval leaves.
You must help me keep
the poem intact
to let the sunflowers breathe.

—Lucille Lang Day
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from the chapbook The Book of Answers, Finishing Line Press (2006)

Posted by dwaber at September 2, 2007 01:33 PM