Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Waking Choir

In iris
Light and color
Course the year.
Bulb, spear, stalk
Crowd seasons,
Push to flares
And bearded falls.
There is ritual
Enough for
Us all.


  1. The Ohlone, Pomo and Coast miwok of Northern cali were known to have gathered iris(Douglas) bulbs and concentrated them into groupings . Everytime I see a planting such as this I think of this...nice poem Geo. Say hello to all of the cali spring wildflowers for me...

  2. Of all the wildflowers common to our area, California's Iris douglasiana, has long been my favorite native Iris, at least as much as its cousin Western Blue-eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium bellum! Your poem is redolent of its history before and after our discovery of it! And the magnificent photo--from your backyard?--is equally so!

  3. Thanks Annie B. and Will. I learn from both your comments. After all the rain and sudden sunshine, these backyard irises bloomed like a choir bursting into song, or exploding cigars --depending on what church one attends.