A Dogwood
Robert Brussack

Gorgeous it was, once, 
In the quirky way of dogwoods. 
Asymmetry covered over 
In creamy blooms, some  
Low enough to marvel at. 
And who’s to say it isn’t still, 
In a past that’s closed to us.

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Bob Brussack has retired after a career teaching law at the University of Georgia in Athens. Like other Athens poets, he was encouraged to read and to listen and to write by the late Aralee Strange, who founded “Athens Word of Mouth,” the monthly open poetry reading upstairs at the Globe. Much of his current work has its roots in the time he has spent recently in Ireland, France, Central Europe, and Central and South America.