Tuesday, January 28, 2020


How did the sunbird know
that there was an aloe vera blooming
on my seventh floor balcony?

The flowering shoot came through
a gap in the pot stand,
and caught me unawares.
This lazy gardener plants no flowers,
happy with green in various shades:
all blooms are a bonus!

How did the sunbird know
that its presence was needed?
It dispelled sadness from a tender heart
with a brief sighting,
bringing great joy
while sipping nectar from an aloe flower,
unaware of being
a tiny miracle.
                                                                                                              All that's left of the aloe flowers!

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