whether holy or secular--
nobody listens to a fool going on about "mankind"
or global concerns.
Do a million tulips care what you think of them?
What does just one feel like?
Tulips seem made for touch,
and the curve of a hand is perfect to cup them,
as the sky does the orange-yellow sun in the afternoon.
Seeker, separate the petals with a fingertip--
lean in, let the flower brush the soft skin of your cheek.
Forget the field,
the road beyond,
the sun, the stars--
remember this scent, the one that captured you,
the one you will remember years from now.
There is a place, The Garden of Our Lady,
and that is where you should spend an afternoon
finding by feel
the gorgeous and singular meeting point
like a little humble wafer
where earthy and heavenly combine like prayer and answer,
placed on your lips by a benevolent spirit.
for Hannah's "haunted hearts" at Real Toads.