Kenneth Pobo – Petunias

Kenneth Pobo


A visitor said, “Your petunias
look nice.” Nice? These furies
can bite a leg off summer.

Rattlesnake petunias strike.
I walk by talking to myself and
WHAM– they go right for me.

With a petunia, everything is
a close call, a plot.
That bashful look, a ruse.
Put twenty together
and it looks like peace
has laid down a picnic blanket.
Back off. There’s no cure.

Once they get you,
you’re done.


Kenneth Pobo has a new book of ekphrastic poems from Circling Rivers called Loplop in a Red City. In September, Grey Borders Press is bringing out his chapbook called Dust and Chrysanthemums.


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