Flags    —by Jinny Batterson

This year’s yellow blooms were only modest spikes at first,
Later expanding into glorious tri-cornered flowers.
Each individual blossom lasted only a day or so, but,
When spent, was replaced by another further down the stem.

The blue-purple cousins that brightened
Last year’s spring are slightly later,
Now mainly mere shy tips of color
At the ends of lower lying fronds.

I brought a few indoors to grace a vase
On the mantel that sheltered the philodendrons
Through the cold season.

Most remain in front of our small townhouse,
Waving their apolitical, everyone-welcome
Greeting to all who pass by.

purple iris

purple iris

yellow iris2

yellow iris2

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