When I see “Flora”

When I see “Flora”
joni mcpherson

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When I see “Flora”

For Alma Karmina
How can I not
think flowers?

Though I know no
Spanish, I connect
it with flowers

crimson petals
opening often at night

for the dream child,
her licorice hair,
a river of night,

a rose and lily glow.
She is waiting
like a poem wild

to hold the ones waiting
for her to take them
where without

her smile of sun
and roses they could
only dream

night would go.