Spreading Shade

First published in Fireflies’ Light #23, June 2021, page 31. Originally written via Zoom on 27 March 2021.

      by Michael Dylan Welch, Richard Tice, and Kathleen Tice

cherry blossoms
still cherry blossoms—
overcast afternoon                                                         Michael

        night chill—
        pear trees turning white                                       Richard

darkening trail . . .
dogwood petals
mark the way                                                                  Kathleen

        dawn joins
        the glow of forsythia                                              Michael

budding peaches
rice cakes purchased
for lunch                                                                           Richard

        a flowering mimosa
        spreads its shade                                                    Kathleen