Wild Carrot · Lock 39 Trail

D. Carota

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by Jessica Jones

Queen Anne's Lace—how many
at five in the evening
in August?
Can't count those in arms reach
—white, cream, green, gold,
mauve, white again;
snowflakes beaming face up,
some curled,
tentative

like girls at Quinceañera.

Others spread like matrons’ aprons
wise in the truth of their short hour,
dispensing perfect acceptance
of time.
Instructing me
against bitter patience,
to embrace
their widening view—
tactful, elegant—

amid sifting light.

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Wild CarrotJessica Jones

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