Autumn Crocuses   Leave a comment

Tom Markey on the Bear Waller Trail In The Santa Catalina Mountains (October 15, 2012) — Image by kenne

Basketing leaves during earth’s 
annual leavetaking, we’ve realized
with a start—something’s missing.
The autumn crocuses that would spring

each October by the rocks.
No longer here! We never planted them,
but they implanted themselves
on us. Now, for their lack

we are poorer. Purest orchid color,
they astonished amidst the season’s
dwindling. Crocus in autumn?
How perverse, to reverse the seasons.

— from 1982: Autumn Crocuses by Robert Phillips

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