July Ides Sonnet

Monarch butterfly flits across the field—
fluttering of orange on rolling green.
Jewelweed prepares its annual yield
of blooms and seeds. Obeying golden mean,
spider surveys web with spiraling thread
between nodding blossoms of wild leek.
Last lingering barn swallow chick has fled;
whole cavalcades of ferns flourish by creek,
and phoebe grows strong. Youthful chickadee
fancy-dances, branch to branch, as finches
talk, squabble and bicker incessantly.
Red-winged blackbird observes them from branches.
Bright mushrooms lift their domes on marble trunks
that rise from forest floor and rotting stumps.

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