Purple Hearts

First published in True Colour (Redmond, Washington: City of Redmond, 2014).

thawing river—
a whiff of lavender
in a thank-you note

            a florid bruise
            on the protester’s thigh

the kids insist
I sing along with Barney

grapes in the arbor
covered in dust . . .
an osprey’s calligraphy

            the eggplant added last
            to the guest’s plate

at the gravesite
mother says something
about a purple heart