The Season’s Secrets

 

Four dark brown seed heads,

centers of black-eyed Susans,

crones of the planter box,

golden petals long gone,

still sit atop tall stalks

surveying shorter blooms—

pink coneflowers,

sun bright coreopsis,

fluttery white windflowers.

The black-eyes lean toward each other

nodding in the breeze,

garden gossips

sharing the season’s secrets.

Shhh! Shhh!

Peace.

-kh

 

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow of the week—a profile made by books and papers on an end table:

 

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Splashes of Golden Joy

My black-eyed Susans are picturesque flowers. Tall stems curve them left or right so that they come to pose in front of a background of white windflowers or rest among the magenta and yellow lantana or sway before the creeping Jenny. Three of them stand in a thin blue bud vase that my son and his family gave me. I think if they could, they would take selfies—see us posed here for you, a still life in real life, they would say. Yes, I see you. I see your splashes of golden joy.

Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

 

Shadow of the Week:

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