The woods are full of wild irises
Each one an ivory-gowned prom queen
Poised in the solitude of her beauty
While here beside the trail
Dozens of unassuming tiny blue flowers
Cluster together for companionship
And moral support
Hoping that someone passing by will notice
And invite them to dance

By Buff Whitman-Bradley
Blue forget-m- not with dandelion

Buff Whitman-Bradley’s poetry has appeared in many print and online journals, including Atlanta Review, Bryant Literary Review, Concho River Review, Crannog, december, Front Range Review, Hawai’i Review, Pinyon, Rockhurst Review, Solstice, Third Wednesday, Watershed Review, and others. He has published several collections of poems, most recently, To Get Our Bearings in this Wheeling World. His interviews with soldiers who refused to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan became the book, About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War. He lives in northern California with his wife Cynthia.

Photo by kokodrill

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