In noisy shades
of apricot and pink
of the gladiola open
all down the long aisle
of the stem
like a choral procession
or the woody
of a flute
opening one stop
at a time.
~Linda Pastan “Gladiola”
Most flowers tempt our senses:
the vibrant colors to the eye,
the softness of the petals to the touch,
the delicate fragrances wafting to the nose –
even some have a piquant perfumed taste for the palate.
Yet how many blooms sound like an orchestra
tuning in the wind?
A long gladiola stalk rises boldly,
swaying in the breeze, each key
blossom unfolding one by one in flowing overture.
When each is done with its own ruffled note,
the next one opens to play its part.
The notes progress up the stem
until the final chord is held
until performances commence
again next summer.
I’ll be sure to reserve a front row seat.
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