Earlier this morning,
I didn’t notice
the store-bought carnations,
dyed unnatural colors,
with wild-blooming wisteria
from our neglected garden.
I saw when I left
my screen-lit home office
for the sun-lit kitchen,
the cursor blinking
in the middle of the story.
I should promise
the way tiny purple hearts
drape the crazed glaze
of your mother’s Wedgwood vase,
the budding whiffs of lavender,
that scent the air between us
as we team-cook a rare,
I should promise,
for the next few hours,
not to let you garden
alone, not to turn your gift
into a poem.
Claire Massey is particularly interested in eco-themed work. Driver Side Window, her collection of award-winning poetry and prose debuted in October 2022. A former editor for The Emerald Coast Review, she is poetry editor for The Pen Woman magazine.
Claire, you did a great job sharing such a tender moment. I love this poem!
Such a touching, sensitive poem. Beautiful work.
This cuts deep. The narrator appreciates so many details of the partner’s caring, yet holds that dear one at a distance, beyond the properties of flowers, sifting privately for a poem, and is more comfortable with an interior world than with actually saying “thank you.” The self-reproach, and good intention, come right to the surface. But will they break out?
Claire is so vivid un her writing. I feel like I’m part of this experience.
How To Say Thank You is a beautifully descriptive, lyrical and philosophical poem. An act of love prompts consideration of appropriate responses, the absence of a conclusion possibly indicating an agreement with Saint-Exupery that “True love begins when nothing is expected in return”.
Thank you Claire for this reminder of the importance of the ‘little things” that are really not so little.
Claire, I appreciate the levels of this beautiful poem and truthful moment, the dailiness of the computer screen compared to the shared cooking then contrasted to the lone gardening. You’ve done a fine job of representing all these this in the simplicity and beauty of the flowers. I love it.
This pleasing sequence of events, the discovery of gratitude, ends with such sweetly irony.