where the flowers went

“Nature has introduced great variety into the landscape
but man has displayed a passion for simplifying it”

Rachel Carson
we return to the earth
its mined minerals
as polished paving and hard-core floors
branches cast into concrete beams
trunking for unsightly wire
magnificent murals that mimic floral drifts
and in office foyers, reaching for the skylight
a token grove of potted trees

a poem for Kim’s quadrille feel the earth move