The House of Spring

 

The house of spring is being closed.

The tulips, daffodils and irises have bloomed.

The lawn is a rain-soaked jungle green.

But everyone wants a beach house now.

Sun. Sand. No flowers or grass. Ocean.

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Volunteers

At the garden edges, the volunteer seedlings

grow on their own despite my human

weeding deliberations at order, symmetry and control.

Thankfully not reliably identical to their parents.

Volunteers try modestly to change the world.

 

Lychnis coronaria Rose Campion

 

Draco

In this dark sky, a constellating dragon

winds around that constant – North Star, Polaris.

But it’s not constant. Nothing is constant.

Draco moves. Polaris moves. The sky changes.

Things are changing as you read this.

 

Draco shown in a star atlas by Johannes Hevelius in 1690. The circle indicates the changing position of the north celestial pole over a cycle of 26,000 years.