milky way

(Ekphrastic Haibun after Eudora Welty's Wildflowers)

Two girls pose side by side by the road,
one smiling shyly with a bundle
of wildflowers in her arms,
the other showing a faraway look.

Standing before the framed photograph,
two old women, each holding
a cane in their gnarled hands,
chat excitedly about the girls.

One says, “They are my classmates.
The smiling girl is Daisy.
I don’t remember the other one.”

Another adds thoughtfully,
“She looks like a hollyhock bud.”
Both laugh and walk to the next frame.

spring break
the antique wall clock
rewinds old-time music