March 2022

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memorandum: floreat:

By Willo Drummond

Watering wayward pots one morning 

life returns—smaragdine— 

from the carnage of a cold-hearted summer. 

Nascent fronds reveal themselves 

to an astonished, awakening eye. 


So much is again  



                I read everything   

like a message in the moss 

in a place where violets 

persistently open 

all along  

                 the crumbling wall. 





‘violets… the crumbling wall’ is a variation on a line from Denise Levertov’s “The Bereaved”, Overland to the Islands (1958).