PQR: Poems, Quotes, Readings


by A. R. Ammons

The hollybush flowers
small whites (become of
course berries)
four tiny petals
back and four
anthers stuck out:
the pistil low &
wasp-bees (those small
wasps or
bees) come around
with a glee too
fine to hear: when
the wind dies
at dusk, silence,
puts a robe
slightly thinner
than sight over
all the flowers
so darkness &
the terrible stars
will not hurt them.

Ammons, A. R. "Holly." Flora Poetica, ed. Sarah Maguire. London: Chatto & Windus, (c)2001, p. 21.

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