Hydrangea

Chameleon flower of water and moon

In autumn she antiques and turns to rust

Papery petals that crumble into dust

In spring she returns to glorious hue

Delicate mop-heads of pink, white and blue

Recumbent in the coolness of the semi-shade

Of an ornamental cherry and an apple tree

Hidden by unflinching nettles and watchful weeds

Each head of petals a beating heart

Courtesans of Japanese art

Hydrangeas

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