I first heard this last Sunday in church, read by its author, as the second reading of the service. I’m not a big poetry fan, but when I heard the reading I thought it was funny, timely, genuine, and thoughtful.
She associates her daughter’s name with flowers. That’s nice. My daughter’s named after a bottle of red and a bottle of white. That’ll probably end in therapy for her, not a poem.
Then the poem was published in the Buffalo News yesterday. Does your newspaper still publish locally-written poetry? When I saw it there, I figure it was an omen that it should be a post – otherwise I’ll keep running across it. So here it is.
– ANSIE BAIRD
Baird is the poet-in-residence at Buffalo Seminary and a co-editor of Earth’s Daughters magazine. Her full-length collection of poems “In Advance of All Parting” won the 2009 White Pine Poetry Prize.