“Three Pleasures” by Lola Haskins

Coffee

The day you learned to love bitterness,
you were sure you were grown.

*

Flowers

Older, you set flowers in clear water as if
with enough kindness, they would not fade.

*

Desire

The din of thousands of wanting cranes
informs your winter steps. You count

on them like husbands, every dawn.
Then one morning, they are gone.

Lola Haskins’ most recent poetry collection is How Small, Confronting Morning (Jacar, 2016). Her prose work includes an advice book and a book about Florida cemeteries. Among her honors are the Iowa Poetry Prize and two Florida Book Awards. She serves as Honorary Chancellor of the Florida State Poet’s Association.

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