Sandra McPherson

Sandra McPherson Poems

1. A Pumpkin At New Year's 12/10/2015
2. Driving In Circles With The Blind 1/20/2003
3. Poppies 1/20/2003

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Orange is the single-hearted color. I remember
How I found them in a vein beside the railroad,
A bumble-bee fumbling for a foothold
While the poppies' petals flagged beneath his boot.

I brought three poppies home and two buds still sheathed.
I amputated them above the root. They lived on artlessly
Beside the window for a while, blazing orange, bearing me
No malice. Each four-fanned surface opened

To the light. They were bright as any orange grove.
I watched them day and night stretch open and tuck shut
With no roots to grip, like laboratory frogs' legs ...

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