Essence of Hydrangea

—for Michael M.

hydrangea

magnificent hydrangea which
like slow fireworks explode
from the center of all

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

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

Jim Culleny
8/22/18