sunday 2 december 02012 7:06am

she came to us as a gift, sister magnolia
and we blessed the hole in front of our house
with two umbilical cords, a foreskin, baby's first 
and some bones of the little cat.

two weeks after we set her in the earth
our new companion
was bathed in days of rain the forecasters called

a neighbor rang 
before the storm
he wanted to stake her
steady; the friend who brought her to us said no
let her stand
it will make her stronger.

what did she do? oh wise,
oh miracle, oh yes
she waved her leaves, she bent with the wind
her leaves shining wet:

she opened a single milk-white blossom.