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Sage Advice

The colorful names in this poem all come from the gardening & recipe book, The Sage Garden, by Ann Lovejoy.

Wise green wisdom
expected, but garden sage
may send its many cousins—
clary, bee’s bliss, salsa series
indigo spires, gentian, blaze of fire
Jame sage, meadow sage,
Big Blue, which sounds like cattle’s
strong and muddy wisdom.
Names change
the nature of advice.
The flavor of opinion from
bog sage, common sage, woolly sage
differs from what’s whispered
in a smoky voice by
lipstick, Rosita, red arrow,
orange zest.
Pause for teacakes and waltzes
over the advice of chiffon
sage, little leaf, painted maiden.
Nuevo Leon’s sage advice
is delivered in black leather
with a Latin rhythm.
Every morning, choose new advice
as if selecting clothes for the day.
Today, experiment.
See what happens if you listen to the
sure and sultry confidence of
Splendidissima.

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