alone in April
I see purple blossoms
I hear petals fall

tattered sepia
old photo of grandfather
kindling crackles in fireplace

remember mother
wild roses in thunderstorm
her temper still alive

why do I love frogs?
why do you take coffee black?
facts but no answers

standing ovation
you took center stage in spring
never afraid to show off

tied with golden rope
I recall your last ballet
velvet theater curtains

when a dad is cruel
he forgets your winter coat
river ice shatters