Behind the Ferns

Gold and Purple Iris

Behind the ferns,
A dragon shakes the rain
From golden scales,
Yawns, stretches and
Rises from her rest.
Human eyes are fooled,
By shadow and light,
A color camouflage:
We see only
An iris at its best.

Copyright 2015 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: This dragon is dedicated to gardeners, landscapers, garden center owners and nature loversΒ everywhere. To people whose lives are dedicated to the transient, yet enduring, beauty of nature. If you’ve ever planted a single bulb or watered a houseplant, this is for you, too. And it’s already time for Poetry Friday again! How did that happen so fast? This week is hosted by Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup, a haven of tasty poetry.

47 thoughts on “Behind the Ferns

  1. Oh wow this is wonderful! We are both dancing with ferns! How wonderful! I have always thought these flowers look like beards! Beautiful poem! I love all the purple flowers! You have quite a garden my friend! πŸ’œπŸ’œβŒβŒβŒ


  2. You are cracking me up with your friend Andy, Brenda.
    Okay, this was a great example of a flower, the Iris, that could be photographed many times but show uniquely different characters. Just feel redundant but: Wow!


  3. I snuck back behind a spruce this week to capture an iris ‘dragon’, Brenda. Love that you showed us a new way to think about them. In your picture, that left side of the bloom looks like a little bird, to me at least. They are spectacular, aren’t they?


    • The purple petals do resemble bird tail feathers to me, now that you mention it. I saw them as the horns on the dragon’s head. πŸ™‚ I love that we all can see whatever we want. Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚


  4. Ah you know me and dragons, Brenda — I love this one! And huzzah for the female dragon — don’t know why the males are so much more talked about. Perhaps the females are just better at stealth… πŸ™‚


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