False Solomon’s Seal
(after Dave Bonta)

“False lily-of-the-valley,
false spikenard,
false Solomon’s seal — ”
~ Dave Bonta

If all unknowing were so greenly lovely
I’d wear them on my epaulettes:

branched blooms, white spray where all
the beetles wallow, insignia I ought to affix

on the bottom line of soon-to-be-overdrawn
cheques. It may be I’m only a poet, curator

of shadows; cave-dabbler, foam-gazer,
collector of netted chapeaux with names

like “fascinator”– But ask which child
or which part of child I’d be willing to part with,

and I’d tell you to pot your head in peat
and lichen. I’d show you the moldy parts

of a goatee you never even thought you had;
I’d strip you of name and inflated rank.

~ Luisa A. Igloria
01 23 2011