The Imperfect Subjunctive

. . . 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.

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