flowers on europa
Autumn leaves don’t crackle; skylarks
never sing; a touch of rainfall breaks
the bed. Our daffodils dissolve in your
unpractised inner eye — the tulip spoor
clichéd, the orchids picked and roses dead.
Tonight I grow a darkness in my head.
Imagine frozen plumes above Europa:
The creaking ice is musical. The sun’s iotas
feed extremophiles. And undiscovered flowers
flare within the doldrums. Glowing
petals shock the frost, and sepals hug
themselves for warmth. The anthers drug
the moon with blanchéd light — imagined
from our window while we waste the night.
YUSUF SAADI’s writing has appeared in magazines including The Malahat Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, PRISM, and Vallum. He also won The Malahat Review’s 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Award. He recently completed his MA at the University of Victoria.
VALLUM: Contemporary Poetry magazine is launching its new “The Wild” themed issue 13:2 and also launching Yusuf Saadi’s Chapbook “Sonnets on a Night without Love”. Come join us in Toronto, Montreal, or both!
To view poems published in our current issue please visit Vallum’s website.
Vallum magazine is also available in digital format. Featuring additional content such as: AUDIO and VIDEO recordings of selected poets, further poems, interviews, essays, and MORE!