from The Shrubberies [“quincunx of succulents”]

quincunx of succulents
subtle colors and forms
succinct in dust

appropriate the pot
assigned, set each
for spill into Other

always my core dream
winding a garden
secret in every sense

Ronald Johnson, “quincunx of succulents,” from The Shrubberies, published in 2001 by Flood Editions. Reprinted by permission of the Literary Estate of Ronald Johnson.
Source: The Shrubberies (Flood Editions, 2001)
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