Today's poem is by Christine Stewart-Nuñez
Peonies Framed by Sappho
Come, then, loose me from cruelties.
Frost, spring' s morning lace, no
longer endangers. Ants unfurl
buds under a sheet of fog. Feet
pry and press until petals burst:
red, pinkdouble crownsscent
released from the core's fist.
Unsealed blossoms flop over
fences. I cut seven crimson,
two blush. Five white even
out the bouquet's number.
Peonies spread, scent the whole
house with June. One flower
drapesan umbrella; ants spill
down the vase. To my bare feet,
shears slip. Save me. Peel away
doubt with tender friction
give my tethered heart its full desire.
Copyright © 2016 Christine Stewart-Nuñez All rights reserved
University of New Mexico Press
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