May-Day Baskets; A Poem

by Hilary Horn

By Catherine Lawton —

Not as many May first flowers here

as in places where I lived as a child.

There, roses burst, clambered, and climbed already,

enough garden posies to revel in—make chains

for garlands and necklaces, plenty to fill

baskets to take and surprise the neighbors.

Now I could fill baskets with a few dandelions,

chokecherry and crab apple blossoms.

Or I can let my cup overflow with gracious responses,

pick loving words to give as lavish surprises.

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