seas of butterfly peas flutter;

purple, blue swollen petals unfold,

welcome light and warmth in the still of garden


apple blossoms fall soundless across broad shoulders,

cling to the sweater of the gardner as she clips

jonquil, gladiola, from hoards of like blooms


a blanket cast in the tulip bed and lounged upon;

a gardner, fertile and strong, sunglowed, rounded, lithe,

smelling of earth and flower and mown grass


spirea caressing two bodies, sun-warm skin,

breath mulch soft and green cool;

the tulips riot in a breeze, erupt in frenzies of joy

Published by

Patrick Dobson

Patrick Dobson was founded in 1962. He is a writer, scholar, ironworker, and poet who lives in Kansas City, MO. He is author of two books with the University of Nebraska Press, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains (2009) and Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (May 2015). Dobson is a work in progress until termination.

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