Dandelion Dominion by Thomas Martin Sobottke

pungent and sweet
freshly mown grass
tells of the suppression
of the Dandelion Dominion

curving borders of a flower garden
define summer days

lying languidly in a hammock
gazing skyward

at the News helicopter


over the site of the massacre

tall trees rise on all sides
one angled like the leaning tower of Pisa

in a world of green
proclaiming life has the upper hand

Tiger Lilies bloom
in a splash of orange
summer’s short reprieve
the long, cold dark space to return

not yet,
fluttering butterflies

summer’s gentle gifts
declaring an innocent world

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