CUSHION PHLOX (Phlox hoodii)—above Eagle Valley

CUSHION PHLOX (Phlox hoodii)—above Eagle Valley,
Phlox, from the Greek, "flame" (IV.15.2012)
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On the road in the American Northwest.


It was simply there,
waiting almost,
in an abandoned field.

There were roads nearby.
And a noise that made them
uneasy about lingering too long.

They had all come to study it. And
debate its form, origin,
next of kin.

There was the problem of a name.
And proper epithets. And, of course,
there was the issue of a specimen.

Should they risk transplanting it?
Or would a leaf be enough? No, they
all knew, although not one of them

dared say it out loud:—They must have
a flower. Yes: a single, whole, flower.

That is how they found them. All standing
stones frozen in a circle about a mysterious,
empty center. Outstretched hands gesturing
to the heavens,

—eyes closed,


still fully opened.

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All Photographs & texts by Cliff Crego © 2011
(created: VI.1.2008)