a heaven i doubt

by Ryan Nardi

my sunflowers
eight-feet high
if they're an inch
stretch to face
to greet the sky
behind which lies
a heaven
even they surely doubt

they say goodnight all day
and wave good-bye all night
to the sky
behind which lies
a heaven i doubt

they wave good-bye

i cry
and they stand outside
and wave goodbye

i grew them from seeds
for my mother who died

she loved them in life
so i planted a garden this spring
and to my surprise
the place is an untamed wild

i'm so proud and ashamed
at the same time
for how i acted
what i said
when she was alive
now she is dead

i did not look in her eyes
the very last
time that we passed
and the past is the past
is the ink black acetic past

and i hate everything that has come out of this
except all the flowers i've grown
and something beneath all the bitterness
singing words of wisdom
let it be


Posted on 07/16/2011
Copyright © 2023 Ryan Nardi

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Samiah Haque on 07/16/11 at 02:21 PM

this is a beautiful poem--place to show us. a whole world in one poem. thank you

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 07/16/11 at 05:41 PM

...ryan, this is super. yeah to everything in it...sweetness is found in sorrow and i loved your internal rhyme and your meter and self that you put into this work.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 07/14/14 at 12:20 PM

there is a quality and a tone to this ode that cannot help but charm and fascinate in a somber yet delightful way.

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