Dishonour Among Plants

wearing tones of pink   geometrical green
and her white Sunday-morning hat
she slows to a stop
in front of the flowerbed
this lady who looks like a gladiola
escaped from some other yard
wanting to take root
grace my garden with her delicateness

I am honoured

until I see
she is walking her dog
one with legs the height
of the shortest flower in the bed

the dog sniffs measures with a leg
and pisses on my marigolds

she looks up and down the street
and they move on

~ Bob Stallworthy

Bob Stallworthy has 2 self-published chapbooks and 3 full-length books of poetry published by a recognized publisher. The most recent book of poetry, Optics, Frontenac House 2004, was short-listed for the 2004 W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. In Silhouette: Profiles of Alberta Writers, a non-fiction e-book hosted on the Frontenac House website was launched in 2007. He is a Lifetime member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, a full member of the League of Canadian Poets and a member of the Young Alberta Book Society. “Dishonour Among Plants” is from his next manuscript, Too Small for My Skin.

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