I need a break from reason —

too much time I’ve spent 

in figuring sums and reading

the fine print — a signature 

goes hear, check this box,

send to this address,

postmark by this date —

I need yellow daisies 

and pollen-heavy bees,

a drowsy day in spring,

the gentle warmth

of midmorning in March —

I need to be still enough

to gain a butterfly’s trust,

to see a flower turn and 

face the sun, releasing

silken petals down in welcome…

but I would settle for an hour’s

reprieve seeking a single

lenten rose hidden in a fallow 

field of dancing sea oats.

—C.L. Fisher, January 2022

Unless otherwise indicated, all writings and images are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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