Bensel

When We Drive For Hours Looking for Anywhere

We grind our teeth in corncockle, wheat
grain from chaff, stalk to seed, purple
flower bread in the oven. An immigrant
to America, scentless in the breeze, seed
set root with its stalk.

Noxious weed or plant pest,
agrostemma is a series of discontinuous
black lines splayed on petals, white throat blotched
pink-purple, the color of flushed skin exposed
to too much friction.