Poetry: 1 Poem by Rita Mookerjee

Poetry: 1 Poem by Rita Mookerjee

Big Sally

Georgia O’Keefe wakes up from a nightmare
screams     not the pruning shears
she has seen gloved hands hacking
close to the tight knot of the pineapple bud
shearing the blooms, discarding pulp

30 years later Ginger at the fabric store tells me about her
mother in law’s procedure:         see she’s
got a big sally and she is not happy about it
seems like a lot of fuss over a sally
fussy. 

no one should cut into sally
isn’t she cut up enough with
pink taxes and fingernails with a neglected edge

don’t trim down big sally
her taupe, her peach
must be kept lush and close
enough to press a flower inside
to take all its sweetness its sours
think of all the things we could press in sally
we could make jams tapenades
we could keep them in different colored
jars for the season
for your mood.
with a big sally
you could make
wine sweet with the scent of earth
that you cup your palm to drink,
sticky even after washing. 


don’t trim down big sally
think of the decadence of closed doors
 

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