Durer irisWhen I first moved into our house

( a long time ago)

there were vivid purple iris

that bordered our lawn;

lush yellow roses in pots

released a sweet fragrance

and we kept up our appearance

and propriety to the neighborhood.

But over the years,

the roses mottled in blackspot

the iris eventually died away

the marriage died

and with divorce

we dug in and weeded up

deep roots.

The soil is packed and sometimes


It  is my ongoing challenge

simply to keep weeds

from being fruitful, multiplying

and conquering the parking strip.

Other things in life

press in more urgently.

I know that being part

of the community means



I am barely staying in.

But I did enjoy

the purple iris.


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