If you were here and not

sleeping as I imagine you

in the wan green light

of your hospital room

we’d sit at my table where

I’d offer a catalogue of

daylilies with names

you’d appreciate:

Prairie Blue Eyes

Lilting Belle

Happy Enchantment

and hope the one you

select will open early

while you still have time

to see it bloom.




Tina Barry’s poems and short stories have appeared in Drunken Boat; Short, Fast and Deadly; Elimae; Exposure, an Anthology of Micro-fiction; and other literary magazines and anthologies. Mall Flower, her first book of poems and micro-fiction, was recently released from Big Table Publishing. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. After three decades of living in Brooklyn, NY, Barry now resides in a village in upstate New York. She tells herself the quiet is good for her writing.