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Calla Lilly


Bi Janus



You squatted by the fireplace,


a gift to Ann from work family.


We thought you a premie


unlikely to survive.


None of your kind


we seem able to nourish,


none of your kind


in our bright home flourish,


but we will tend you


with the uncertain terror,


with the rigorous care


attending uncertain life.



Then, the miracle.


You turned your insides out


in a profusion of white blossom,


little vulvae with yellow tongues,


perhaps an attempt


to say everything at once


unable to restrain your joy.


Visitors worshipped, awed


as Magi once were.


The silence after that outburst


was more the calamity.


For eight years — only green,


healthy but only green leaves,


your silence in the face of our care


was grievous.



Today as I poured the water,


in the midst of the green,


the single white furl,


more shot through


with your pure voice


than the cacophony


of your infancy,


the whisper piercing us


through accustomed silence.


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