The secret of stillness

is elusive,

how the lilies cling to staunch stems,

how the roses, brown-edged

from the drought but uncomplaining,

let their heads droop gently down,

their hips holding them firm

until their last moisture

surrenders to the sun’s avarice . . .

–excerpt from “The secret of stillness” in A Light Dusting of Breath by Donna Pucciani (virtual artists collective/purple flag, 2015). First published in Summerset Review.

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