Barbara F. Lefcowitz

Rookie (New York City)

Black-Eyed Susans

I need only admire the vivid yellows
when I drive past fields of black-eyed susans
their stems intertwined
to keep each other from falling
in the autumn wind
but can’t stop myself from thinking
of abused women
huddled in outdoor shelters
until they stiffen in the first frost

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