Don Brandis

Plant Watch

</>many-handed like a home crowd welcomes a congressman
visiting his district with their petitions
a rhododendron supplicates the sun
with shiny hard-coated dark green leaves
each a pair of closed lips narrow at the corners
swollen in the middle each with the same
hard-to-read expression not quite a smirk
lips can't be expressionless even when asleep
but can be between expressions as these are

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