Monday, May 12, 2014


Assessment always seems to include extra variables.  This time it's allergy season.

In the midst
Of profound allergies
How can I tell
Whether this particular dose
Of antidepressant
Is the right one?
In between sneezes
I assess my mood
Try on difficult conversations.
I watch the birds
In the backyard,
Take in
The pink of the crab apple,
The purple of the redbud,
The trees full leaf already,
Changed from spring
To summer green.
I watch the dandelions,
Remember the surprise goldfinch
Hiding there.
I consider ordering
A floral dress
From the J. Peterman catalog.
Is this dose enough or perhaps
Too much?

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