Autumn Flora

One expects the mums, of course,

still hanging on: sun-faded crimson,

purples leaning toward mauve,

yellow attempting a second round;

marigolds and salvia linger,

since we’re still pre-freeze–

not quite the norm, but there’s precedent;

the blue and yellow pansies, being

lovers of the colder weather,

deciding whether it’s their season,

reading to take off, but cautious;

but the garden relishes surprise:

azalea blooms, though sparse, undeniable.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper


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