Photography © Jack Kosowsky

 

lilacs

—after a local park sign stating “Treat the lilacs like any other surface that can spread COVID-19.”

treat lilacs
like any surface
that can spread.

spread faces
like lilacs.

your eyelids
hood
a thought,
the tongue of
a cat-
kin, the thought
parts,
pistils,
pistols in-
to sun.

good.

lord.

god.

all might!

if we sick,
if we hours and days,
if we lilac
like a glazed pot,
a thrifted suit.

i will run to you.

i will shoot my shot.

quick and forward,
blood flowering

 

Stephanie Yue Duhem is a 1.5 generation Chinese-American poet and educator. Her work appears or is forthcoming in PANK, Glass, Lunch Ticket, and other journals. She was a winner of Red Wheelbarrow’s 2018 contest, judged by Naomi Shihab Nye. She can be found online @nameandnoun or at sydpoetry.com.

Jack Kosowsky is a Central New Jersey based photographer specializing in floral imagery. Whether shooting in the studio or out in the garden he strives to create unique images by incorporating textures and backgrounds into his photos.