Herb-Robert

Tracy Ryan

 

Modesty on

the individual level

nevertheless it’s still

 

self-assertion

a choral mass

by virtue of each

 

feeble & reedy voice

joined to the next

and then it soars

 

blood-stemmed

arterial in reach

along every edge

 

you choose to travel

and some you don’t

ubiquitous at this

 

time of year but not

to be overlooked

just because slight,

 

pink & delicate,

underestimate at

your peril this tool

 

of puck or sprite

whose whole leaf

one day turns florid

 

kept out of the house

for its plain alias:

death come quickly.

 

 

Tracy Ryan is a Western Australian poet who has also lived for long periods overseas. Her most recent book of poems is The Water Bearer (Fremantle Press, 2018).

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