Essence of Hydrangea

—for Michael M.

hydrangea

magnificent hydrangea
like slow fireworks explode
from the center of all

you remind me of my lost uncle
who threw your blooms my way
in play when I was maybe six
and clear as all innocence
—the uncle who disappeared, cut 
from family

what human catastrophe
occurred which made you for me,
Uncle Mike, only
the essence of
hydrangea

Jim Culleny
8/22/18

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