perennial love poem by jaye simpson

Poet name: jaye simpson Poem Name: perennial love poem Poem: My feelings are: Narcissus pseudonarcissus & Taraxacum officinale: 		daffodils & dandelions—  yellow flowering perennials both aplenty in the dirt  		of my childhood.  Daffodils die quickly, Persephone’s sacrifice;  		they trumpeted the end	of the stolen pagan holidays:  				they heralded her triumphant return.  Dandelions are one of the first things  		a pollinator chances upon after winter 				the first meal,		the breaking of the fast.   Every spring he’d show me the daffodil shoots— 		his smile kind, he’d ask me	   to 	 pull 	 the	        weeds  in 	    their 	way;   daffodils couldn’t save him from the disease.  She’d ask me to burn the tops of the dandelions to stop the spread of them,  											but when she wasn’t looking 											I’d blow the seeds off, see them dance & swirl in  the breeze, they were the future & unapologetically so.  My feelings are: Narcissus pseudonarcissus & Taraxacum officinale 		yellow flowering perennial:  										daffodil 		yellow flowering herbaceous perennial:  						      							dandelion.  I never loved for long— 							fleeting & far between in the fresh soil; 							they were never mine for long either:  			disease, decay & rot 			taking place in  			tuber, bulb & root.  Like the perennial— returning once again 											  year after year;  		like the seed carried on the breeze & swirl of eddies, 													my feelings are daffodils & dandelions.  End of Poem.  Credits: Copyright © jaye simpson “perennial love poem” by jaye simpson from it was never going to be okay, Nightwood Editions, 2020, www.nightwoodeditions.com  jaye simpson is an Oji-Cree Saulteaux Indigiqueer from the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. simpson is a writer, advocate and activist sharing their knowledge and lived experiences in hope of creating utopia. they are published in several magazines including Poetry Is Dead, This Magazine, PRISM international, SAD Magazine: Green, GUTS Magazine, SubTerrain, Grain and Room. They are in two anthologies: Hustling Verse (2019) and Love After the End (2020). it was never going to be okay (Nightwood Ed.) is their first book of poetry, published October 2020. they are a displaced Indigenous person resisting, ruminating and residing on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwəta?ɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and skwxwœ7mesh (Squamish) First Nations territories, colonially known as Vancouver.