Iris After Veterans Day
The iris did not expect
autumn's chill so soon,
shivers in the rain,
in vain awaits the sun
among the casualties of war,
roses and the wilted red carnations.
Cut tulips skyward reach
for a helping hand
an entire week after Veterans Day,
too weak to lift their wet winged leaves
Frost and snow failed their fight for life
somewhere in its prime:
Age nineteen in flower years.
Copyright 2010 by Roger D. Fuchs. All rights reserved.