The Aster Keeper Upon His 65th by Darrell Petska

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September 20, 2013 by northerncardinalreview

Why must these sudden
astral creatures, sprung
by Earth’s sunny inclination
to hue the sky from atop
their lank scaffolds—

bold complement to sunlight
and temperate winds as they
dance, defying gravity—

so soon feel their colors fall,
their leaves curl and wither?
First looms frost, then snow,
to spell their ending.

Whose idea seasons
so brief that blooming is
but shooting star?
And whose idea snow?

Bio: Darrell Petska, a Middleton, Wisconsin writer, retired after more than 30 years as an editor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bolts of Silk, Muddy River Poetry Review, Verse Wisconsin, San Pedro River Review, Lummox Magazine and elsewhere.


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