If I were a florist,
I would grow mint, catnip, sage, and blackberries.
I would arrange them with red roses,
and blue violets.
I would speak your name over them.
I would deliver them to you with the sun at my back,
in the late morning,
If I were a waitress,
I would bring you apricots, raisins, honey and ginger.
I would bring them on plates of white earthenware
edged in blue.
I would make sure your glass was green,
and the table yellow.
I would serve you by name,
and satisfy your desires--
even the ones
you only dreamed.
All of the herbs, foods and colors in this poem are considered to possess healing qualities.
Red roses signify love; asters and blue violets represent love and faithfulness.