2009: Botanical Social Call with Konicek-Moran

close up shot of a bee on purple flower
On the fire road
along the ecotone
of sawgrass and pinelands,
wildflowers grow in profusion
after November’s burn.
In winter bloom, 
endemic and Caribbean alike 
line our path.

You, who know them well,
introduce me to your lady friends
so I may greet the native women—
Good morning, Miss Blueheart, Miss Purple Thistle—
and say to the exotic señorita, petite Grass-Pink,
Buenos Dias.

Karla Linn Merrifield

Karla Linn Merrifield has had 1000+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has 16 books to her credit. Following her 2018 Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select) is the full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North from Cirque Press. Her newest poetry collection, My Body the Guitar, recently nominated for the National Book Award, was inspired by famous guitarists and their guitars and published in December 2021 by Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications Holograph Series (Rochester, NY). She is a frequent contributor to The Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. Web site: https://www.karlalinnmerrifield.org/; blog at https://karlalinnmerrifeld.wordpress.com/; Tweet @LinnMerrifiel; https://www.facebook.com/karlalinn.merrifield.