periwinkle flower

Just past snow

through the detritus of last year’s final folly

faded brown and crackling beneath my feet

you reach a slender tendril of faith

to bear aloft your flag of conquest

a complementary flower

arms open wide

let the rain fall soft on our faces

herald the joy of spring.

Poem in progress © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I’m always happy to see the periwinkle flowers, and this year I haven’t yet had the chance to move all the leaves so they display their soft blue-violet in front of reddish-brown leaves, a color complement.

Usually I’ll run my mower over the yard to pick up and mulch the leaves and let them fall back where they were, and the vines grow atop the mulch. But this year they’ve had to push their way through the maple and mulberry leaves that fell last autumn.

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