Sunflowers

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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.

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