Iris                                                      15.May2016            jJS


A glimpse of a world set in clear Amber for a millisecond,

hidden as a reflection that sits perilously on the opalescent lip.

Twin, triple, quadruple fine spines of delicate pink lines

with minute dots of orange.


So the delicate, tiger-striped burr alights and cools its proboscis.

A black head, black eyed, black tongued beast foraging

and nonchalantly robbing the nectar sweet with never a thought to assist

but flit to another pink edged well and dip.


Each head nodding and tempting amid the stems and stalks of reed-head grass

with yawning arms of petals that shimmer.

Purple rims of welcoming maws surrounding innocent white and a blatant gash

of orange.

That host rippling as the waterside ripples and the insects

hum about their business.  Dragonflies hover and dart

as fast as their life will last from the shallows to the wide open glass of the lake

to disappear as mysteriously as morning mist.


The iris-faces, like a crowd watching over the theatre of the lake,

bated breath,Irises

open mouthed,

turning with the spotlight sun,

too amazed

to notice what the bumbles take.


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