Dandelion Snow

How little did you know as a child,
when you blew away seeds of dandelion
security of a locked psychiatric ward
against black-and-white
flower growing out of asphalt
sit close, Daughter,
diminish the distance

How did you become homeless?

Barren and beautiful
on a rainy Saturday
don’t just look at it
look through it
who possess nothing
that matters
the street marginality
away from your house
aimless wandering
and familiar faces
“Isn’t that a weed?”
you will see,
not just those who now crowd
the asylums

Ilona Martonfi is the author of three poetry books, Blue Poppy (Coracle, 2009), Black Grass (Broken Rules, 2012), and The Snow Kimono (Inanna, 2015.) Her work has published in chapbooks and numerous journals. Founder / artistic director of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings. Recipient Quebec Writers’ Federation 2010 Community Award.

Also check out Ilona’s poetry book The Snow Kimono, available here.

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