Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Moonflowers and Morning Glories

photo by PSC /2015
PD photo (full link below)


Morning Glories

All manner of wise & wonder-
ful flowers people this planet,
many of whom will open up,
then shut themselves down,
 some to simply wither and
wane, while others wax
again and again

Each adheres to its own
unique tenure, carefully timing
its blossoming and decline,
abiding by some secret, specific
plan of rhythm and rhyme
to synchronize
its blooming times

Some will blossom
and frolic in the morning sun
collapsing as evening settles in;
others soiree the night away,
folding up at first light of day.

How do they know
when to unfurl their petals?
How do they know
when it’s time to close?

Is there some shaman,
a conjurer of enchantment,
some magical sorcerer
waving his wand
like a maestro’s baton?

Or some master supervisor,
a timekeeper who schedules
and manages these mystical
mechanics with calendars,
dockets and timetables?

Might such timely rhythms be
controlled by their own internal
clockworks, or does (perhaps)
some supernatural bartender
offer up a last call?

At present, I can only
ponder and suppose,
but one day, mayhap,
I’ll be reborn
a morning glory
or a moonflower
so I might know.

PSC / 2018

Some morning glory videos (just for fun!):

And a link to the public domain moonflower photo:



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