It’s the time of lilacs and lilies of the valley,
their perfume arriving on the breeze before I reach the flowers themselves
in the gardens of houses that enchant me this spring.
Mid summer heat has arrived early and the gardens are showing off:
forget me nots, bleeding hearts, wisteria, irises,
red bud trees and one last pink crabapple tree that has not yet lost its blossoms,
horse chestnuts in bloom,
peonies and succulents in flower.
All in one day’s walk through streets, across the commercial avenue with shuttered shops
to the park where I sit under now deep green trees and fallen catkins
then circling back, greeting robins on lawns
riding above the trees in this old brick building,
photo mementos in hand.
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