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Clematis

Reluctant like a clematis,
I shy from conflict
with a fragile friend.

Purple with passion,
how do I tell a mentor
I can’t bear his demands?

I relish sunshine on my face,
but drift to calming shade.
I once knew how to climb,

kept my reach high on the vine.
Now I mingle with wild artists,
crush the impulse to wilt over rows.


  Amy B. Barone