two poems by
May 18, 2009
A hollow of perfume in the woods so deep
Or if some cluster of immigrant mushrooms
“Lupine”-- (from L. lupinus, wolf). A leguminous herb with large, palm-like fronds. It was called “sad lupine” in the middle ages, because its seeds were a staple of the poor during times of famine, but eaten in large quantity cause poisoning.
self-heal, clover, fireweed, vetch,
But the solstice is lit by the lupine,
With its beautiful little lips
towards the cave where summer lies, waiting
Note : Both of these poems were originally published in Deer Drink the Moon, an anthology of Oregon poetry, published by Ooligan Press, 2007.