Poetry Corner: Autumn Crocuses

by Jim Farfaglia

Autumn Crocuses


They surprise us right around Labor Day,

their purple porpoise noses breaking the surface

just when we think the garden has given us

all its beauty.


Their mother comes first, early in spring.

She’s just a lot of greenery that starts the season

with a promising How do you do,

but offers nothing in the way of a blossom.


Then, as the summer heats up,

mom dies back,

and her little ones watch from below

while everyone else shows off their best color –


until today:

the bigger kids heading back to school,

a cold wind turning the page of our calendar

and, just when life shows signs of slowing down,


they show up.

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