Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks

 

Singularly absurd to the pin

Point stem taut –

Carefully funnelling their bee trinkets.

 

It is July:

The hollyhocks confront me in their erectness,

Staking out their long-legged territory

As obligatory Latinos.

 

The signal to oblique neighbour:

An upright gesture of

Blithesome intrigue –

Throats gulp sky and scale seed

In the hotbed

They satisfy.

They astonish and terrify

 

Space and Time and florid vision.