redbud

how to describe a redbud?

ethereal.
posed beside a white dogwood,
you become fairyland
if i stand still and watch long enough,
i’ll see you
lift satin-shod toes and dance
an airy bit of Swan Lake.
–but only in some obscure ratio of sunlight and shadow
outside of that moment, waiting is useless

independent.
blooming out in a Bohemian frenzy of color
putting to shame the pink dogwood
(unnatural, unfriendly pink, like someone
tried to transport Japan
but squished it into
English manor subservience.
… so mild-mannered.)
paired with a pale weeping willow,
you are the dress that my
little hippie self wants to wear
dancing through clover

subtle
(my favorite)
-and it’s kind of a ragamuffin look-
resting quietly beside a dark evergreen
your branches standing out black in the sunshine
blacker in the rain
not quiet blending in,
or begging for attention… merely
complementing

you are
one
of the reasons
i never want to leave kentucky.

4/24/09

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