Peonies
Ron Bernas

They come too early and are spent

before the party they were to have served

as a conversation piece for,

or are so late they are

overshadowed because

the stargazers had come out,

or are sparse this year, or

so full they can’t be believed.

So, they lay their

magnificent, perfumed bouffants

on the ground, long before

it is time to cut them down.

Why had no one warned them

of the heartbreak of blooming?

Ron Bernas lives and works in metropolitan Detroit. He came to poetry late in his writing career. These are his first published poems.

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