Larry Kimmel looks forward to Spring Beauties

Spring Beauties

Each year I mark the stationary progress
made by a cluster of Spring Beauties,
that at a distance are a band
of some religious sect arrayed
in frail lavender gowns, leaning
southward into the nearly impenetrable grass on
an endless pilgrimage, remarkable
for being at once onward yet having
no apparent point of departure or arrival.
I look on, fascinated
by their adherence to a persistent paradox,
and also by what they are –
spring beauties – beautiful flowers.

* Larry Kimmel is a US poet of both haikai and mainline forms.  His most recent books are this hunger, tissue-thing and Blue Night & the inadequacy of long-stemmed roses. (Modern English Tanka Press).

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