Despite water and lilies matching
the horizon’s curve, we note possibilities
in decline. One stem bends lower
to the petals’ strain. A second
murmurs concerns before relaxing
in the dimmed lighting. Another
denies knowing its fate
as you pinch off a yellowing leaf.
Outside, a wasp reconstructs its nest.


The author of five chapbook collections, three micro-chapbooks and a mini-digital chapbook, Robert Okaji lives in the Texas hill country, where he occasionally works on a ranch. His work has also appeared in such publications as MockingHeart Review, Crannóg, Reservoir, Vox Populi, Eclectica, Boston Review, Panoply, Oxidant|Engine and elsewhere.