Backgrounded by wet-grass green velvet,

the slender vine creeps upward and to the left

on a wire-fence grid, a winding scenic

highway on a pre-Interstate map, with

each spade-shaped leaf a wooded lay-by,

the roadside attractions blossoms in profusion,

deep purple stars with burning yellow hearts,

their reverse a subtle lavender.


As springtime cycles toward the summer,

the rains have come, the bees begun their rounds;

the clematis has bloomed.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper