Once I dreamt the heavens cleaved
apart & bodies (like larks or leaves) stumbled
skyward into blinding ruins.
Now I Find Myself
at this roadside diner, dining on a seafood
salad sandwich & drinking tumbleweed
coffee on a Thursday morning before sunrise.
Flower Conroy, appearing here for the second time, is the author of Escape to Nowhere and the forthcoming A Tattoo for Each of Your Lovers.
Miniflora, no greater
than spilled pearls, polka-dot
the lawn with their violent reds.
After Burying the Dead
Everything translates itself anew—stairwell,
rosary, pyx—even the light entering the kitchen
as I wipe my hands on this yellow apron.
An aficionado of watermelon garnished with fresh-squeezed lemon, Flower Conroy is also the author of Escape to Nowhere and the forthcoming A Tattoo for Each of Your Lovers.