Marion Tracy’s Purple irises

 
 
 
Purple irises
 
she favoured purple irises for their elegant shadows
growing under olive trees or on on the banks of streams
bright flags of memory clump and proliferate
in the language of flowers Iris means eloquence
 
growing under olive trees or on the banks of streams
how easily concealment becomes second nature
in the language of flowers Iris means eloquence
words we never had time to unwrap
 
how easily concealment becomes second nature
flowers in cellophane how she disliked them
words we never had time to unwrap
finding them laid out with the others in the churchyard
 
flowers in cellophane how she disliked them
the scent like violets insubstantial but lingering
finding them laid out with the others in the churchyard
I bent and touched her face
 
the scent like violets insubstantial but lingering
bright flags of memory clump and proliferate
I bent and touched her face
she favoured purple irises for their elegant shadows
 
 
Read Marion’s poetry at poetry p f.
 
 
 

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