Ladders of broad green leaves
topped with tilted golden heads
fill a field that stretches
to a tree break in the distance.
Sunflowers, uncountable thousands,
in a farmer's ordered rows,
a formation generals would envy
on a parade ground.
It is a fragile precision, for
stalks of sunflowers, they say,
will break under the weight
of their heads.Then the magical field of color
topples to earth,
strewing billions of seeds
like stars across the sky.