Heldor Schäfer




They last a long time

the flower shop woman says

pulling a single stem Cymbidium

out of the tin water bucket

but I ignore the offering

and pick one

trying to match it

to your slender body

your fragrance

from memory.


They last a long time

you say

when I place the tuffted branch

into your hands

and I hope

its blossoms will keep you company

while I'm far from you

long after the last tomato

has ripened

on your kitchen window sill.


© Heldor Schäfer 2010