By Jefferson’s Memorial

Cherry blossoms died along the Tidal Basin
of a blighting mid-March freeze that hit DC
roaring from Pennsylvania Avenue southward
gathering energy straight through the Ellipse
there knifed in twain by Washington’s pointed marker.
Delicacy fares poorly in the clutch of such an evil storm
when once so gripped there’s little to be done
in the face of blind and fearsome terror
unleashed by forces unimagined prior to or since
where stupid fury’s mindless greed
blasts any blooming gracefulness away.

Ed Coletti is a poet, painter, fiction writer, and chess player who studied under Robert Creeley in San Francisco (1970-71). Ed has had work in The Brooklyn Rail, North American Review, Big Bridge, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Spillway, Lilliput Review, and ZYZZYVA. Internet presence includes his popular blog No Money In Poetry. Read other articles by Ed.