The Checker Mallow, Sidalcea oregana

like the junco,
often goes unheeded

no one yells in ecstasy
look a junco or a mallow

but unlike the dowdy
bird, this flower shows

a blush for the seduction
of butterflies and bumblebees

their perfect rosy faces
in late spring or early summer,

stand erect in full sun
or the narrow side of shade

blushing as if in embarrassment
of their own beauty

like young innocents, they allure
without domestication

why do we ignore the junco
and this common Oregon flower?

is it that familiarity
continues to breed invisibility?

Poem by Amelia Díaz Ettinger

Amelia Díaz Ettinger is a Latinx BIPOC poet and writer. Amelia’s poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies, literary magazines, and periodicals. She has two poetry collections and a chapbook published. She has an MS in Biology and MFA in creative writing. Her literary work is a marriage of science and her experience as an immigrant. Presently, she resides in Eastern Oregon.