The Most Wonderful, the Rose of all the World, ribbons
baby’s breath through bouquets He throws at all the world.
Knowing, earth-clock sensitive, analogue
perennials listen beneath the snows of all the world.
Consider the lilies: asiatic, oriental, star-gazing
locals, who spin and sew clothes for all the world.
Little hands knot woollen gardens. May their hearts
fly beyond the warp of status quos of all the world!
The Awakener of Eternal Spring smiles through
marigold and jasmine garlands He bestows on all the world.
Imperfect Mich—fodder, compost, nitrogen— some
part of you will remain at the close of all the world.
MICHELE WAERING has an MLitt in Creative Writing from The University of Glasgow. Her poems have been published in From Glasgow to Saturn; A Thousand Cranes: Scottish Poets for Japan; From Quill to Quark; Envoi and The Ghazal Page. She lives in Renfrewshire, Scotland.