• Jean Linville

a flock of herbs


August 13- August 17 Week 23/72


taking turns balancing on the swaying heads

of Echinacea, Coreopsis and globe thistle

summer pairings of house sparrows and goldfinches

search for seed nestled among the fading flowers

then begin forming into small working groups flushing

insects from the canopy of the weeping cherry

the same cool, dry air that has prompted

this collaboration and will soon send

them on their way has reminded me

that it is time to gather the sage, dill,

marjoram, oregano and bits of tender tarragon

from the garden before their vigor flies away

on the wings of migrating birds


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