Lupinus sparsiflorus

Coulter's lupine

Rachel Lehrman





dark place for the under parts, dark place dry place,


small moist for the drinking little shallow place,


lupinus, blue blue, purple-blue


banner we reach for


we give the blue of the blue that holds your bright bloom in winter


deep lavender says to be with you, speaks


worship to you—


follows you           in the


glide across    back over     big heat


our purple caress


that darkens with age never compares to the blue, would be blue, is sometimes the blue


of your goodbye, before the cool-off shadow time


when only your reflection—




Rachel Lehrman is a poet, writer, artist, former academic, and sometimes-teacher living in the idyllic uk village of Chorleywood with her husband and two black cats. Her work has previously appeared in Blue Fifth Review, The Drunken Boat, Fire Magazine and Shearsman Magazine, as well as the anthology Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman Press, 2010). She published her first chapbook, Second Waking, with Oystercatcher Press in 2009.