SCARLET MONKEYFLOWER (Mimulus cardinalis )

 

 

Like jewels glinting in summer weeds
as the creek retreats, Scarlet
Monkeyflowers, like faceted rubies

scattered among the cockleburs
within the rising green, flash
day’s first light before their tongues

unfold—unroll to sing to whirring
hummingbirds to pollinate their seed—
fine powder stirred with their foreheads.

 

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