Mother Nature put away her winter blanket,
and gently roused her children from their bed.
She brightened up the place with shades of blue
and carpeted the entryway in red.
To get the spotlight focused on the stage,
She halved the time in equal parts of night and day.
The barkers plead attendance.
The orchestra took flight.
And the greatest show on Earth got underway.
The nosebleed seats are for special VIPs
so they can soar above all the acts below.
But most tickets were general admission,
with seats for different aspects of the show.
One seat let you marvel at the strongmen,
who were lead-ins for the acrobatic flow.
One seat let you mingle with the stars,
who had their prints enshrined on glory row.
One seat let you critique the art of potters
and wonder when they’ll come back again to throw.
But we ate our refreshments in the gallery,
where we could see the bristles that the bearded ladies grow.
Then we wandered to the fringes of the midway,
where the hustle and the bustle didn’t reach,
where the wise and salty bushes of the canyon
had a magic little secret they could teach.
They had life hidden in their branches.
Tiny midges growing deep inside a gall.
And of the many spectacles we saw that day,
This silent limbo was the most impressive of them all.
Each midge forms a special friendship
with the plant that incubates its young.
The baby’s hormones cause the growth
that feeds it and protects it till it’s sprung.
So when you see a willow with a pine cone,
or a saltbush with cotton running rife,
Know that what you witness is a bug
that has achieved a wonderment of life.
Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your time!