Renunculus and Anemone

Another beginning: bulb

Planting time. Obediently

I follow instructions and soak

The ranunculus and anemone

For an hour before planting.

I remember: crystals grew a magic

Garden, technicolor in a bottle

Of water, butter beans

Sprouted in wet cottonwool

Brilliant green commas

Curling on pure white.

Those were the seeds.

Now the brown claws

Simply gestate in anticipation

While the anemone knobs

Belie their image of coral

Plankton, such solid stones

With tips rooted in childhood.

I have waited such a long time.



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