May 28: Hail to Purple

Jacaranda tree in bloom
O tree whose bounteous blossoms glow between
Silver-white brightness of overcast sky,
The sidewalk gray, and foliage of green;
Your vibrancy cannot but draw the eye

In neon violet marching up the hill
Flanking the street, perfectly parallel;
Prolific panicles that gently spill
Scalloped corollas in a silent knell.

These brief, abundant weeks will end too soon,
As fallen flowers wither and turn brown.
How foolish to ignore resplendence strewn
About you when you fail to look around.

It’s easy to take gorgeousness for granted
Wherever jacarandas have been planted.

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