Flowery Words...

Freshen the Flowers, She Said

So I put them in the sink, for the cool porcelain

    was tender,

and took out the tattered and cut each stem

    on a slant,

trimmed the black and raggy leaves, and set them all-

    roses, delphinium, daisies, iris, lilies,

and more whose names I don’t know, in bright new water-

    gave them

 

a bounce upward at the end to let them take

    their own choice of position, the wheels, the spurs,

the little sheds of the buds. It took, to do this,

    perhaps fifteen minutes.

Fifteen minutes of music

    with nothing playing.

-Mary Oliver