Monday, August 19, 2013

Earth Laughs

Earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The zinnia is surely the happiest flower
Dancing with abandon in an afternoon shower
Dressed in bright colors that startle and surprise
Wearing a crown of yellow.

He laughs at the weather: whatever—no matter
Sways to the heat waves; his petals like pennants flutter
Robust and hearty, he sings through the dog days
Impressive, the dapper young fellow.

His stems and leaves grow in glorious disarray
Joyous to be alive, lighthearted come what may;
When the leaves brown with shorter days
Only then his bold colors mellow.

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