"Orchids" Copyright 2001 Haze McElhenny
No Peony, She
Peonies, among the longest-lived flowering
plants, become more beautiful each year.
The peony is her same age;
she suspects its girlish blush
of bloom may mock the lotions
bought to soothe
a face too often kissed
by sun and creams that claim
to banish lines as easily as tides
smooth wrinkled sand.
For a moment, she considers
life without the potions--their potency,
another little lie--but hope
is an old, old friend. Instead,
she pins a blossom in her hair.