Helen's Pinks

Helen's Pinks
Un-named flower
piercing pink
seeds and cuttings
bestowed generation
to generation
struggle through
unyieldy soils
a plume or two
reaching for the sun

a mother's child
scoops the seeds
overwinters a dozen
sealed in a jam jar
then late in Spring
pokes holes
in soil treated
with water, peat
and lime
covers each one
with his finger

last year
a solitary blossom
wantonly pink
brilliant in October
The son said
I hope it's not an omen
His mother died

This spring
a profusion
of pinks
march untended through
the gardens
A memorial poem
by Randy
Siobhan's memorial
to her mother
memorial garden