How many years have I
to wait for spring’s deep green,
the damp and dew, tender cotyledons

fresh as nested bird beaks open
drinking sun before they rise
in waves upon a breeze—

and flowers, like bright paint spilled
upon them. Ubiquitous Fiddleneck,
molten brass between the oak trees,

white skiffs of popcorn flowers,
splashes of red wine mallow,
the purple haze of lupine

and wild onion to rise like steam
on the horizons, colonies of poppies
in pockets out of reach to burn

like wildfire blind the eye
at a distance. The pale and delicate
families of Pretty Faces pose

for photographs, petals and stamen
of pink and purple mountain garland
twist in ecstasy before they fade.

Younger, I yearned for everlasting
spring, something almost heavenly—
yet nothing without the dry.


4 responses to “WITHOUT THE DRY

  1. Peter Notehelfer

    Makes a man appreciate schaden-freude, doesn’t it . . .

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  2. Peter Notehelfer

    By the way, John, your book of poems arrived, and personally autographed! I am really enjoying it . . . You are a gifted poet!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. 🙂 Lyrically beautiful, John.


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  4. Very nice image and beautifully put to proses.


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