Pushing Daisies

by Wilda Morris and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Tandem 2:2, October 2022 (actually June 2023). Written on Zoom, 20 May 2022.



where the poppies

used to grow . . .

a cardinal in the grass Wilda


in the groomsman’s lapel

a drooping carnation Michael


misdirected Frisbee

chased again

into the tulip bed Wilda


Father’s Day—

a clutch of dandelions

in my daughter’s hand Michael


stopping to smell

the purple lilacs Wilda


mole hills

in fresh-cut grass

pushing up the daisies Michael