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WILD AND FLOWERING
Not you, devil’s paintbrush or rose-purple bull thistle
or you dwarf dandelion with your toothed leaves
and pocketful of ants.
Nor you plume-like goldenrod
or ragwort or pearly everlasting
or violet-blue harebell
though I love the name
the bright pink oxymoron of the meadows.
It’s you, woman
plucking lobelia to wear in your hair.
I swear to you,
the lobelia would say the same.
THE WOMAN BEHIND THE COUNTER AT THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE
I couldn’t imagine
her has a young woman.
But she was so stern-faced,
no wrinkle would dare age her either.
Nothing in the way of beauty of course.
But no charm or style
to offset her severity.
Her expression said everything.
“I can be of no help
but try me anyhow.”
She was civil
without being polite.
And knowledgeable about her job
but totally ignorant
when it came to how her function
could apply to me.
She had no interest
in other human beings,
a race in which I included myself.
She was the kind
who swap in living for existence,
humanity for job and pension.
In a voice without inflection,
she directed me to a room down the hall.
She never explained
what I would find when I got there.
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