§ Tiger lilies tall and straggly,
flaming orange flecked with black.
Grapevines grasping weathered arbors —
these embowered our yard in back.
§ Honeysuckle white and yellow,
swarming up our garden gate.
Dead stumps planted with petunias.
Hollyhocks all standing straight.
§ Honeysuckle red as coral.
(First we’d suck the sweetness dry,
then we’d float the flowers in water:
Tiny goldfish swimming by.)
calicanthus dark and sweet,
rambler roses pink and thorny:
These made our backyard complete.
trimmed grass framed by flowerbeds.
Our backyard ran riot with color:
Yellows, purples, blues and reds.