Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and Jonathan Ottke

Spent Magnolia Pistils
Jonathan Ottke
Inspiration Piece


And so it is
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

This magnolia tree
in our front yard
feels magic to me.

It isn’t hard
to imagine
her blossoms
as cups of tea
over June
for bird and bee.

Come fall
come wind
teacups fly free.
Pale petals
whisper –
Farewell, Tree.

And so it is.
So it will be
for everyone
I love.

And me.



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