Summer scatters her shades
in daring colors of red and green
asymmetrical patterns splayed
over fledgling birds taking wing
above silent fields and the late blooms
of lilac and deep blush of peony
still clinging to a bowing trellis.
A flicker of burnished copper feathers
dripping with the weight of dew
flit above sighing wheat fields bending
a breath of life before summer flew
her stalks shrouded in crusty leaves
tender stems beaten to the soil
in need of assurance, a promise of rebirth.