13 February 2008
I gave my aunt a big tendrilly amaryllis bulb for Christmas and a serious weeding tool. Here is the amaryllis as it stands so far. So you see, James, when I used a certain word in a sestina of mine, I was only speaking accurately. Replacing fauna for flora, however, fully merited the squirrel illustration I received from you in the margins, which I prize to this day.
While I understand people not caring for "flowery" poetry, one has to admit, the names of some flowers are just so delicious. Next time you're stressing, just try saying amaryllis in a low voice a few times. Tell me that doesn't feel good.