NEARING SUMMER SOLSTICE
Fallen azalea blossoms give way to roses
Upright , tender and urgent: in dazzling ornament
they sway, content.
There is a birthing of new trees.
The land expands in summer rain and sun
Intricate shadows grace the woodland path
Light is early and long.
The heron's morning predatory walk
At the water's edge, note the dip and catch.
This bird, they say,
Aligns the fishes tail to tail
Making a sun wheel-
I praise my fellow denizen of this universe
so alien yet so close
And ask, who, under the sun,
© Asphodel P. Long 2002