the nomenclature of flowers

May Day 2 2014

under his breath,
he repeats the nomenclature
of flowers,
Aquilegia, columbine, the dove
Liliaceae , lily, the sweet
Violaceae, violet, the hidden,
memorizing latin names
and habits of each flora,
indigenous and cultivated,
he bends to the earth
in admiration.
every flower whispers
of pistil and stamen
petal and stem
their closely kept secrets
to his willing heart
and he keeps their confidences.