I wish to leave the iris rhizomes
and daylily tubers for my daughters.
They connect three generations.
They belonged to their grandmothers
and now to their mother.
In protecting them from the truth,
we lost the closeness
that still lives in my heart and memory.
Flowers are sent to the sick and dying.
This seems appropriate.

Nancy Jo Allen was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and now lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband Terry and their pup Jayden. Her first poetry collection, Wrinkles in Time and in Love, is now available through Kelsay Books and Amazon.

You can see more of her work in 9.4 and 8.4 and 8.4 and 4.2 and The Pocket Poems Anthology

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