Iris garden -Author photo.

I.
The newly grown leaves
Have clothed the sycamore tree
In fresh amazement.

II.
Outside the window,
Cherry tree smoldering
Just as the day breaks

III.
Dry riverbed winds
To a curtain of bright beads–
Trickling waterfall.

IV.
Floating gracefully–
A pale California newt
In a shrinking pool.

V.
There’s just enough breeze
To make a few leaves shiver
On the tall birch tree.

VI.
Flowering dogwood,
May I have your permission
To clip some branches?

VII.
A gust of lilac
creeps up from behind, yearning
To follow me home.

VIII.
Like a debutante —
Iris, in her lavish gown,
Curtsies to the clouds.

IX.
Afternoon stillness–
First taste of summer’s hot breath
Yellowing the grass.

X.
A late season rain–
Pine trees release their perfume,
Earth breathes fresh again.

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