The golden pansies nod at me
in the summer breeze, unaware
that their days to please are ending.
I think of a friend who sat down
to dinner with her family
and fell into her daughter’s lap.
Now machines keep her alive
and I wonder if she knows or
if she, like the pansies, dreams
of a Spring that promises
resurrection – when the woman
appears as robust and abloom
as the regal sunflowers who once
were the pansies of late summer.
Eileen Van Hook has had poetry published in various literary journals and anthologies including: “The Writer”; “Stoneboat”; “The Literary Nest”; “The Stillwater Review”; “Chronogram”; “Gravel”; “Edison Literary Review”; “Wordgathering”; “The Serving House Journal” and “Home” among others. She placed first in a poetry contest in “Writer’s Journal“, is a Pushcart Prize nominee and received an Editor’s Choice Award in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest (2015). Eileen lives and writes in the wilds of northwestern New Jersey.