Sunday, May 31, 2015

Extraterrestrial - Allium Birth

they seem to appear,

egg-shaped packages
that rise atop long slender rods.

Their thin skins bulge
until they split
forced open by the blooms
they can no longer

The birth of an Allium
is an extraterrestrial experience
and a joy to witness.

Their colour varies
at every stage of their growth,
time of day,
and slant of the sun.

Allium twins

Monday, May 25, 2015

Wait One Day

This weed-like, invasive creature
had full run of the garden
when we first moved into our house.

I have tried to contain it to one,
small but generous section of my flower beds...

Each Spring it outruns my fingers and shovel,
skipping along the top of the soil, 
racing ahead of me
to wherever it wants.

In just one day
I discover it in a variety of new places

In just one day
it sends out roots for hundreds more

In just one day
it's a lime-green tight-budded rocket

In one more day
it bursts into a flaming yellow geodesic dome

In one more day
it relaxes into a lemon-yellow haze.

And on that day
I have no idea why I ever wanted to pull it out.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Love Is In The Air

My usual parade of flower pictures
is being interrupted today
for a grand display
of love
~ tra-la-la ~

It took weeks (or maybe minutes) of courting
before she allowed him
to get this close
to her

In no time at all
I will be photographing
their adorable, misbehaving
flying toddlers.

I can't wait!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Time For Tulips

They seemed in a rush this year,
to meet the sun.

And their colours have been
on fire!

They mirror the glowing rays
that pulled them
from the cold, dark earth.

Atop long slim necks,
their heavy heads sway with the breeze,
dancing to the music
we call