by Patricia Feager, 6/11/2018
A Dedication to the Sunflower
The sunflower isn't visible from the street,
nor can you see it when you drive around the cul-de-sac,
rather it salutes you at the rear garage.
Like a well groomed tall soldier,
it stands at attention.
The masonry work of the soldier bricks
supporting the shiners separated by mortar beds
above the lintel surrounded by rows of brick and mortar
doesn't get as much attention
as the sunflower.
Sunflowers don't usually grow this close
to houses, unless relocated by a bird,
squirrels, no doubt, who knows
how it got there
but there she grows!
The sunflower with her bright yellow face
welcomes the day and faces the sun.
Texas heat doesn't bother her.
She welcomes whatever comes her way
any time of day with a brighter
outlook on life than humans
The practice of laying bricks must be cut to fit the space
but the sunflower doesn't need to be in the exact location to grow
nor is it manufactured in a hot brick oven,
it grows in soil and water, exposed by sun
standing vertical, tall and strong
Sunflower, she's the queen with a face
adorned by soft pedals.
Patiently she waits for birds and bees
or her picture to be taken
by someone like me
---- Patricia Feager
P.S. Flower Mound is home to more than just people.