by Emma Bolden
The world whirs: vetiver and violins,
lilac and lion’s roar, lilies, dogwood and daisies
rip off their green shawls to show you
their white fringe of hair, asters
upholster the pathways purple, the fish kisses
the side of her bowl and even ice
cubes clink thanks for their glass. Love
new, and you knew the world new
defined, all a dictionary of him—stem
to be plucked by his fingers, lamp
that which lit his bristl’d chin—the whole
world, the whole world
of him, the whole world a hymn.
Emma Bolden’s chapbooks include How to Recognize a Lady (part of Edge by Edge, Toadlily Press), The Mariner’s Wife (Finishing Line Press), and The Sad Epistles (Dancing Girl Press). She was a finalist for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Prize and for a Ruth Lily Fellowship. She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University.