Friday, June 03, 2011

Benign Neglect

We have lived at our house for thirty-four years – but they have been there longer. I had never seen nor heard of them before they startled me by popping up of nowhere on spring day when I was moving the lawn. I was certain that they had somehow crept onto our property overnight but Mars convinced me that I had just failed to notice them as they pushed up through the earth, grew, and ultimately blossomed. I moved them from their original location a few annums back to a spot where I thought they would be less lonely. Other than that, and cutting them down at season's end, I haven't touched them.

Peonies appear
as if by magic each year.
If it's not broken...

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