Late Bloomers

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Not ones to trust easily,
unsure of undress, slipping
petals below bony hips,
unfurling filament to
expose ovary.

Air entices pollinators,
beckoning callers with heady invite
amongst swarms of
creased and bruised
blooms of yesteryears.

These toe dippers
toss their reluctant grips
letting go with more time and care,
licking dust off fallen anthers
to shine.

Finishing summer in the flourish
of swollen heat and dim pulse,
knowing races are won
in the courage
of the finish.

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