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Year of the Daisy
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Edward Hujsak


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That was the year that daisies
all decided to perform flawlessly,
to help humanity along its faltering way.
Every one, its petals plucked
to rhythmic chants:
She loves me, she loves me not,
would tell you that she loves you.
He loves me, he loves me not,
would tell you that he loves you.
It was her favorite flower, you know.
Garlands framed the altar where
we said our last good byes.
Now this lavender bloom,
lifted from the roadside,
has graced my table for a week.
Drawn into its lonely self at night,
it flares to fullness at daybreak
atop a dime store, Ming inspired,
thin-stem porcelain vase.
I pluck its petals, one by one.
She loves me, she loves me not.
She loves me, she loves me not.
..............She loves me.

© by Edward Hujsak.
Used with the author’s permission.

 

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Edward Hujsak is a rocket engineer turned writer, artist, sculptor, and builder of fine furniture and musical instruments. A chemical engineering graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Edward worked on propulsion systems at General Dynamics during development of the Atlas and Centaur rockets. He was propulsion engineer on John Glenn’s famous orbital flight and served as chief of preliminary design at General Dynamics Astronautics Division for ten years, accumulating more than a dozen patents in the aerospace field. Edward is the author of seven published books and has written commentaries for a variety of journals and magazines, including Spaceflight, Space News, Machine Design, San Diego Reader and MAKE magazine. He lives in La Jolla, California.

 

 


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paradea:
Beautiful!!!
Posted 07/19/2013 09:32 PM
transitions:
Agree with 'mimi'; thanks for sharing this lovely poem. Judy
Posted 07/19/2013 10:47 AM
Larry Schug:
This poem is a true work of art, taking the reader beyond the words and beyond him/herself.
Posted 07/19/2013 08:02 AM
Havenwood:
A poignant and well penned tribute.
Posted 07/19/2013 07:48 AM
TheSilverOne:
beautiful, loving poem.
Posted 07/19/2013 07:36 AM
mimi:
loving, tender and sad...
Posted 07/19/2013 07:12 AM
r1manchester:
Ed....lots of power and feeling in this, nice tribute.
Posted 07/19/2013 04:42 AM
Katrina:
Congratulations, Edward, on your delicate poem.
Posted 07/19/2013 04:38 AM


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