I took from a far wide field
of high mountain ferns,
blueberry bush and roses
wide and open to the drifting fog
a red lily
that my enchantment smiled
between the sorrel grasses
and the sun.
I brought the red lily
wrapped in a lettuce leaf
It faded between the distance of our two houses.
My heart failed too.
And all the vermilion happiness
of this old love
I brought you a gift of a lily
I brought you a gift of a red star.
You smiled, but your hands stayed behind you.
You smiled, but you stayed where you are.
The red lily fades in the grasses
Dreaming of high meadows and wind;
And I, without lily or meadow,