FLOWERS TOWERING HIGHER
Daffodils and iris wink
At dandelions who think…
They were first in fallow
Ground too shallow
On the edges of a former ice rink.
Flowers reach for the sun,
Phototropism’s how it’s done…
Stems bend the way
To catch full sun’s rays,
Turn the pot to straighten them some.
Dandelions are good for wine,
And greens eaten fresh are fine…
But wait too long
And the smell is strong
Of other “seasoning” in time!
Dandelions growing early in the year
Reach for the sky when stems appear…
But cut down frequently
The stems grow short to be,
To produce seed parachutes in the clear.
Magnolia trees blossom North and South,
In the North before the awakened cotton mouth*…
That fragrance in the breeze
May cause someone to sneeze,
But is enjoyed by me and my spouse!
* cotton mouth….a poisonous water snake.