Stargrass, Violets by Barbara Daniels

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Stargrass, Violets
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My sister finds a blue
high-heeled shoe
and a red one, both
for a small left foot.
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Weeds overwintered
in faded rosettes. Stalks
begin to rise from them.
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Daffodils thrive,
a yellow religion.
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New buds proffer
themselves like eyes.
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We sit down in stargrass
and violets, our shadows
obscured by greater shadows.
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A ragged
cloud, small
as a hand, slips
toward the east.
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The doctor says my sister’s not
dying. Not now. Not yet.
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Blown newspapers
soar like wings.
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One pond gleams turquoise.
Another gives back the scarlet sunset.
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In the darkness a throne
of stars slides
to the far horizon
moving toward
God’s wide-open eye.
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Barbara Daniels’s Talk to the Lioness was published by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press in 2020. Her poetry has appeared in Lake Effect, Cleaver, Faultline, Small Orange, Meridian, and elsewhere. Barbara Daniels received a 2020 fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
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