. . . The hydrangeas have done well, despite the heat,
but begonias are bowed and sickly among
-assi, -assi, -asse, -assimo, -aste, -assero,
all the s’s covering me in blossom.
–Excerpt from “The Imperfect Subjunctive” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Gradiva.