# 128 Under the Influence of Lilacs

#128 Under the Influence of Lilacs
2009 edition of 21 – $350
Under the Influence of LilacsThe buds of lilacs split
their tiny seams
unleash their fragrance,
lifted by the breeze

through window-screens,
through yards of summer-children.

A woman dozing
in a rocker
on a porch,
dreams of a long-ago lover.

Her husband,
watering the garden,
begins to whistle an old song.

Birds call and answer
in the branches.

A man walking a dog
stops, caught in the memory
of a lavendar dress.

And someone, somewhere,
starts a poem.