Delicate wears lace of pollen-speckled petals.
It speaks with a voice that also listens.
It hears the pauses that address the heart and the rain yet to come,
the sun-seeking cloud and the cloud-seeking sun.
It offers relieving shade and dappled sunlight,
and knows which season is right for the moment.
It finds comfort in like company,
yet grows in any weather and endures the wind.
It barely notes its fallen petals, but sees its store of life to come—
pollen, seed, and roots holding strong.