Petals

An offering
this handful of petals
layers overlapping
life cycle before me

Tiny tight buds
unused to the light
uncurling in anticipation
tender and shy

Petals full blown
glorious and glowing
fragrance overdosed
bare breasted and bold

Petals faded and fallen
browned at the edges
insect nibbled
fragile and earth warmed

I hesitate…..

I offer them all

May 2014