You misunderstand me, he said,
I did not ask you to write a poem
about a flower, anyone can do that,
I asked you to write a poem with a flower.
Do not ask me what the poem
will be about, ask the flower, but
first you must learn to speak
the language of the flowers.
If you find this difficult, consult
the sky, it is fluent in almost all
species of plant life, mother to
them at one time or another.
When you have finished, cast it
to the morning breeze, that
it might find purchase somewhere
and sing its song to a new audience.