Wood Violet

Wood Violet
by Paul J. Willis

(Viola glabella)

Yellow wood violet,
     I don’t deserve you.
          Does anyone?

The way you line
     both sides of the path
          above the creek,

leading upward
     from shade to sun,
          makes me think of you as

ushers to a new redemption.
     Each spring, a second chance.
          And a third. And a fourth.

—Ross Lake National Recreation Area

—from Deer at Twilight: Poems from the North Cascades