The tools are on the kitchen table:
scissors, shallow vase, secateurs.
Gathered in a trug:
two red peonies, lavender, rosemary, white rose.
She begins the arrangement:
cuts, trims, pushes each stem into the oasis.
Her apron strings are tied
– a bow around her emptiness.
Alison Lock is a poet and writer of short fiction. Her publications include three collections of poetry and two short story collections. Her first poetry collection, A Slither of Air (2011), was a winner of the Indigo Dreams Collection Competition 2010. Her latest collection, Revealing the Odour of Earth, is published by Calder Valley Poetry. http://www.alisonlock.com