Palettes of color, form, and texture behind a scrim of tree trunks
Beds of moss with a hairy covering of sporophytes
Gill o' the Ground under the protection of fall leaves
LeRoy followed me like a dog.
And clawed his way up my leg like a cat.
Blooms of blue-green lichen on rotting branches
Perfect dinner-plates eaten out of oak leaves
Remember this goldenrod from a post last summer?
It is just as beautiful now
Along with the milkweed seeds
All glowing in the slant of late afternoon winter light, warming towards spring