Touring the Estate

While walking in my yard today,

I smelled the trellised jasmine vine, so sweet.

 

The second-year asters standing tall and proud

Just making buds for this year’s exhibition

Are crowding out the fading pansy plants.

 

The sunflowers we planted for Ukraine

Are halfway up the fence and growing fast.

 

The garden phlox and purple echinacea

Are fighting it out for the title Best of Show.

 

I communed with bees and dragonflies

While walking in my yard today.

 

The sunflowers we planted for Ukraine

Are winning the war against the marigolds

Whose yellow/orange faces smile at me.

 

Of all the growing things that I can see,

The one who’s growing most of all is me.

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