His friend suggested he go to a group
To get help for a problem he had. Partly
Because she was such a good friend
He did that, and was amazed to conclude:
People have decency the way flowers have clarity:
Elderly women upright delphinium scepters,
Young men homely and cheerful,
Announcing themselves morning glories.
Homemakers old-fashioned and capable zinnias,
Their husbands sturdy patches of mint
(Pinch off one leaf, the bed remains intact).
As many decent people as clear flowers:
Flowers seldom are muzzy or irrevocably bruised.
You have only to join a group and attend the first session
To meet Poppies.