Dogs 2014

AMARYLLIS
(7/30/14)


I walk
the same
route
almost every
night

there
are very
few
surprises
at this point

maybe
some street
repair

a FOR SALE
sign

a newly
dented
fender

people
out front
where there
are usually
none

most times
it is just me
on a similar
solitary
route

but every year
in mid summer
they appear
as if
overnight

single flowers

clusters

chorus lines
of colorful dancers
stretching
to the sky

it's amazing
really

in one yard
this year
there are four
concentric circles
of naked ladies

the innermost
maybe
just five feet
across

the outmost
reaching the extents
of the grass

tripping
on the curbs

someone's
been busy

very busy

in the off
season

normally not
nonplussed
even I
stop
and stare
admiringly
at something
so special
at the end
of July

it takes
a bit of
the edge
off
of the heat

off
of the seasonal
despair

then
a noisy

noisome

pickup
passes by
and the air
as well
as the mood
is polluted

I move
on
to dispel
the fumes

there's
a dead
squirrel
in the road