Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
and Amy Souza

Dahlia, San Francisco
Amy Souza
Inspiration Piece

City Dahlias
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Response

I walk along the sidewalk
staring sideways at a railing
spotting dahlias by the dozen
darting out through every crack.

People bustle passing
as my eyes trace fragile petals.
I’m remembering my grandma.
Every blossom takes me back.

For the gate holds the garden
and the garden holds the dahlia
and the dahlia holds the memories
of the dahlias Grandma grew.

She scattered quilts of flowers
that we gathered by the armful
telling stories to each other.
There’s a dahlia.
Déjà vu.

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One Comment

  1. Jane Hulstrunk
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm | #

    Beautiful photo! Poem is perfect complement to photo and the writer was obviously very inspired by the photo – lovely!

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