Goldfinches float above the daffodils,
hang upside-down on the stalk of old
sunflower to catch last fall’s last seed.
Kore, Ostara, Flora, sing intimate light
of air, flights imagination will entrain.
A flash of cardinal lilts down
to settle in a cloud of Creeping
and sky-blue Forget-Me-Knot.
The fertile ground, the fertile round
that now excludes me.
My daily bouquet of dandelion
satisfies the neighbour’s need
for desert of green grass and mine
The yellow vibrant heads last
just a day, and then plunge sodden
into compost, to rot and feed more
flowers, not to go to seed and
propagate as they are raised to do.
Daily, the flowers bloom closer
and closer to the ground, as if
to speed the cycle, to seed before
the lawn mower lops off their
vibrant unmistakeable heads.
In thwarting their will to reproduce,
I celebrate their evanescent charm
and serve their leaves for lunch.