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.