Portrait Of The Iris

a stately classic
who often surprises
with her sly insouciance

Late Bloom

dahlia’s delicacy
in counterpoint
to fall’s exuberance


not to be outdone
by turning maples
the stoplight dahlia


being both
demure and extravagant
she beguiles


an explosion of orange
sending curves into curls
and polka dots popping

The Spider’s Muse

Charlotte always visited
the tulips for inspiration
before she began spinning.

The Sad Flower Made Happy

penitent’s rose
the heart’s bloom
when forgiven


praise the amaryllis
injecting color
into winter

Oh Dahlia

lady in red
her star turn

And Your Heart Skips A Beat

sweet as a kiss
upon your cheek
pink tulip’s bloom

Ironic Amaryllis

unfurled blossom
both summoning and surrendering
all possibilities


who knew?
chipmunks are
the early birds