DPF / Aspenström

For undecipherable lilacs, from The Star by My Head.

from You Have to Practice Reality / by Werner Aspenström, translated by Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström

When your sister comes to visit
you often talk of lilacs
as if lilacs were an extinct species
and did not bloom new each June
in halls of mild honey and the songs of thrushes.

DPF / Collins

For our daughter’s 15th birthday today, from The Art of Drowning.

from On Turning Ten / by Billy Collins

You tell me it is too early to be looking back, 
but that is because you have forgotten 
the perfect simplicity of being one 
and the beautiful complexity introduced by two. 
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit. 
At four I was an Arabian wizard. 
I could make myself invisible 
by drinking a glass of milk a certain way. 
At seven I was a soldier, at nine a prince.