The cattails I brought you
have burst long ago
& sent their fluff

seeding wherever
it was you threw them.

If only I may let go
so flagrantly

as the cattails,
as you;

as wind;
the past;
the seeds.

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About David Breeden

The Rev. Dr. David Breeden is Senior Minister at First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He became a minister after a career as a university professor, teaching creative writing and literature. He has written several books on theological topics and translates the writings of philosophers of classical antiquity. More information is available at