Yellow Flowers

Yellow Flowers


This September on the southside of the city

in the dirt between old pasture and strip mall

a cacophony of yellow flowers open

brilliant lemon-gold gleaming in sunlight

filling the vacant lot beside the rodeo grounds.

Driving by I see a hand-painted sign for the Shrine circus

here where I last saw my father turn in

and park.

A year ago today he drove out into the world

to shake hands and smile beside elephants and camels,

trapeze artists and bellowing men with big mustaches.

He collected tickets that night at the gate to the big tent.

I had forgotten about yellow. Forgotten butter, autumn aspen

joy, the brass sheen on a cresting wave.  Now I recall

my father’s circus.

Wild sunflowers bloom in the disturbed earth

Maximilian daisies in every ditch and abandoned lot

asters in every acre impacted by cattle, by roadway, by

the jackhammer of progress, beside bulldozers

here where

I last saw my father turn in and park,

a sunflower                              in final bloom.

Love Enough, Poetry Book by Ann Filemyr

Love Enough

Ann’s new book of Poetry explores the myriad possibilities for love in our utterly human lives with titles like, A Woman Falls in Love with a Turtle, A Child Falls in Love with a Storm, a Man Falls  in Love with a Fork, A Lynx Falls in Love with a Farmer. Poet Laureate of Maryland, Michael Glaser, writes, “These poems take the reader for a whirlwind of a ride through language brilliantly used and finely crafted. They invite us to better understand the transforming power of love even as we experience its tumult between danger and safety.” The final piece, Love Enough, shares the intimate memoir-poem of her multiracial lesbian love story. Glaser states, “The deeply moving last poem is without question the most amazing and important love poem I have ever read. Every word rings with its own truth, its own wisdom. This book is a must read!”


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