Welcoming Ume

Nature shakes out her winter blanket. 
Snapping corners let loose winds
that rustle pale petals
and scatter dusty pollen scents 
from perfumed lashes.

An archer underground 
lets fly his timely arrows.
Green spears pierce 
brown leaf-paper
packaging last year’s fallen memory.

Crisscross twigs sift falling petals
that hush the nursery in quiet anticipation 
as infant fruit arrive.
Adorned in blushing bonnets, they shyly peer 
through darkened stamens.


Despite fleets of dark, pirate ship clouds 
stealing the golden sun 
and constant rains beating away bee wings,
the infant ume yet fatten daily.
I find refuge in such miracles.

  -Cynthia Briscoe

(The photos above are from the ume trees in our yard in northern California.)
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