Flour­ish

The Iowa Review - - DORA MALECH - Dora malech

Clema­tis, sweet pea, sweet alyssum, sweet asy­lum,

adorn­ment’s adamant heaven scent

to bed an ar­bor’s ar­dor,

trel­lis’s yes this

reach­ing to­ward its own re­ward,

sweet re-ach­ing might re­deem what seems

a frail un­furl­ing to refuge in­stead, re-fugue

played in con­tra­pun­tal con­text shows some prag­ma­tist’s thanks

thriv­ing not only as noun and verb, but stem, climb­ing

aster and hy­drangea, hon­ey­suckle, wis­te­ria, twine and ten­dril

reach­ing sky­ward to­ward

as if to pick a war­den’s lock,

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