Dear columbine, dear engine.
Mere water will force a flower
open. Then with a touch
the beautiful intact collapses
into color filament and powder.
It’s all my fault. All hands on deck
to help collect what’s spilled.
That could be me beneath
a bridge. Torn up beside the road,
Melissa Stein is the author of Rough Honey (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). She is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.