i. suprise! it's a mutation
the blossomed cherry branch was deeply trapped
in our bursting spring of unexpected exuberance:
we laughed, if you remember, when we snuck
behind the white history of the blistered fence,
never suspecting a scarlet freedom so deliciously close:
from the deep retrospective of a pearly cirrus swallow,
we never expected, then, the opalescent snarl of a dragon.
ii. i'm sorry, were you saying something?
to be in a time and in a place and to do a thing
is exactly equivalent
to being in another time and in another place
and doing another thing:
the skull still smiles from the hedgerow
after the balky deer have naturally bolted.
sometimes, there is a point for tears.