The flowers leaving this page…

The flowers leaving this page
open up in water
are already heading back

the way your shadow empties
still remembers one by one
icy streams crossing overhead

with something more to give
—you write another letter
make the words embrace

followed by day, by evenings
and everything put on paper
is safe, is mountainside

returning rock by scented rock
drained and in this small bundle
passed among the others.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, including free e-books and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities”, please visit his website at

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