More Northwest Plants and Flowers

First published in Wales Haiku Journal, 11 August 2020, under the original title of “Northwest Plants and Flowers.” I’ve added “More” to the title here to pair these nineteen poems with the twenty-three poems in “Northwest Plants and Flowers” (plus three additional poems). I originally wrote all forty-five poems in August of 2009, mostly about Pacific Northwest plants and flowers (a few plants are not native but have been transplanted to the area).

vine maples—

as the trail straightens

we fall into step

a white birch

cut for the winter—

storm windows on the cabin

English hawthorn leaves

rub against my arm—

a ladybug in your hair

feeling romantic

under the pin oaks

by myself

red chokeberry

in the overpass shadow

crumpled lotto ticket

black chokeberry

for sale at the nursery

we leave with nothing

purple chokeberry

the skywriter’s writing


California wax myrtle

that neighbour girl

who was mean to me

purpleleaf ninebark

how does she know

how much sun I need?

the alpine water fern

catches my attention

when the snake has gone

wilted deer fern clipping

an interracial kiss

on TV

as far as I can see

in the undergrowth

Japanese tassel fern

a long putt for par

out of soft shield fern

the jet contrail gone

evergold sedge

I forget which way

we came on the trail

yellow fawn lily

a stone on the trail

not from here

snowy woodrush

the gravel foundry ruins

now a golf course

my hand touches

greater woodrush

cricket chorus

poached egg plant

she tells me in her garden

isn’t a food

planting serviceberry

the park ranger

talking to herself