Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Morning Glories

John Valentine


An old man in his flower and vegetable
bed,
a saw whirring in the latticework.
Early echoes of the hammer,
plots of sunflowers,
marigolds and tomatoes
laid to the sky.
Hydrangeas and geraniums
that send up their signal
flags,
magenta and blue
on long green poles,
seducing the air.
Morning glories, kingdom
of the seed
and plant wisdom, ancient rituals,
these mnemonics of the earth.
And now for this botanist
who slowly drops to dust,
for this shepherd
who brings the small ones to himself,
we see a blaze of color
where Beauty opens, shows her love,
her small pink hands.

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John Valentine is a professor of philosophy at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His poetry has been published in The Sewanee Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Snake Nation Review, The Adirondack Review, and others.

© John Valentine

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