Bachelor buttons climb their stalks,
disks of lace float white as chalk,
honeysuckle bursts of rose
linger where the byway goes.
Hearts that turn to all they meet
wave and vine at cornfield's feet,
flower flagons topped with plates
invite some insect snacks on dates.
Milkweed staff surmounts the scene,
foxglove reaches from the green,
orbs of lily, morning glory,
look attentive to sun's story.
Beargrass flags top slimmest poles,
wheat heads obey th' wind in schools,
crabgrass stems sport haloed heads,
foxtails bend o'er clover beds.
Lavender and baby's breath,
dandelion, crownvetch: these
roadside blossoms reach for sky,
party-dressed as I pass by.
first published in Time of Singing
also published in Illinois State Poetry Society
also published in FLOOR OF THE SKY Chapbook
©2010 Bonnie Manion