"Why I Like to Garden" by John Gower

A hibiscus grows in my garden

pale delicate crepe-paper yellow

dark blood-red center


this morning like last year

all my puttering stopped

when a lone flower appeared


there in this flower

my mother speaks

Aloha, aloha, she says

like she did when she was happy


drawn to her gaze

our good years settle

like sun

upon her yellow petals


unspoken love almost forgotten

comes back alive in her red


she is resurrected

and I am


Gary MillerComment