April Spills of Sisters

Becoming a Naturalist (Part 52) prose-poem by Jack Phillips


Fairy spuds (Claytonia virginica, spring beauty) blooms in early April in Sarpy County Nebraska. Photo by Neal Ratzlaff. 


Ursa helps the daughters of Atlas escape Orion in chase and to the west the crescent cup fills with daybreaks leaking from elsewhere at dawn spills claytonia fairy-spuds and fawn-lilies soon to come bloodroot and dicentra bloomers starry Solomon’s seal asters in the meadow moonseed by the creek earthstar fungus and geometer worm Pleiades on a woodpecker’s back a galaxy on the belly of a toad the map of heaven in morning and mud.