I’m settled, now. Each spring, I know,
the house across from the shop
puts out its plastic daffs
on the table, in the bay.
And long ago and far away
my dead dad sneaks, overnight,
to plant a plastic yellow bunch
of fakes amongst his lover’s flowerbeds
(before she died, this is) – a tease
that took her in, almost to August.
This is the way the seasons go.
The way someone unseen puts out
a weird and plastic tribute. Out of love,
we have to hope.
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