By Su Shafer
How many petals are in a peony?
There’s no way to tell from the bud – a closed hand
holding more than you can imagine.
They unfold slowly, the way a smile spreads
before a secret is told.
a curled finger uncurling
an alluring promise of beauty to come
a whisper – just wait, just wait…
And then suddenly
Su Shafer is a creative crafter, fabricating bits of writing in poetry and short stories, and generating characters that appear in paintings and sit on various bookshelves and coffee tables.