Dogwood and apple blossom spread to Sun:
maple unfurls a sphere of pointed leaf.
Rabbit crosses road at full-out run.
Life awakes, independent of belief.
Here grows garlic-mustard, killing the wood,
by slaying mycorrhizoids in soil.
Plants can be selfish, and seek their own good,
stealing light and dew from others’ toil.
Lo, there is war between sapling and weed,
as chemical battle is fought in dirt.
On all the losers will saprophytes feed:
the privilege all scavengers assert.
Even the housefinch, secure on her nest,
dare not land near where coyote takes rest.
Tuesday begins the Lemuria, a festival of the deified ancestors. It lasts until Saturday, May 13. What are you doing to acknowledge your deified ancestors this week? Who are your deified ancestors?