you, so trembling yet strong, tipped
to sway with the browning wind,
let this dust become you.
as dragonfly green wings float
from your slender stem, a trellis
of ferns gropes for home
in your branches. this meld
of smooth and fleece, silk and lace,
colored in the style of pond algae,
flickers in the breeze, collecting
bees and butterflies, those bright
insects, to its side. a stately residence
for any creature, this tan body sways.