WHITE LILAC



orchard oriole in noon song and light
must have been telling and the wind led on
to a cemetery height and bloom of
white lilac
                                       take some with you to offer
                     man in the grave
might have been telling but
no one moved to and the prairie remained
full in it and the wind ran on again
                                       you have part of my dark
                                       it would not do
                                       to take a bunch of white
                                       lilac up there
                     man in the grave
had to have been telling
                                       light does not need
                                       an offering of light


Rodney Nelson