Deadheading the Lilies


This one’s had its day
that one, too–
but shift the blade slowly
between the two.

Snip soft wet flesh
only at the base
where the flower meets
the communicating plant.

Make too harsh a cut
and the next one dies
never opening to its day
in the summer light.

And you who wield the blade:
take off that silk skirt
put on darker canvas
or your soft fabric will tear.

Deadheading the lilies
requires more of us
than taking in their sweetness
when they’re in bloom.


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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2 Responses to Deadheading the Lilies

  1. Noora says:

    So beautifully expressed. I really enjoy the final verse.

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