Too beautiful, the peonies
in your garden! Oh yes,
enjoy them, be half

distracted but keep
some attention stored
in your chest.

Don't let this seduction
rob you utterly
of that other darker flower,

its shades of fire
quieter than thought,
kaleidoscope of nameless

inner fragrances,
the one that has always
already blossomed

deep in your body,
wound loose as light itself
on a trellis of bones.
Photo: Peony on my dining room table