I've loved peonies since I was a small child.
Their size and fragrance fascinated me,
but they were always gone to soon, their petals
laying wilted and bereft of color on the ground
while I looked in vain for another bud.
It was a real treat to find these peonies blooming
in the yard of a vacant home.
Would anyone have missed them if I'd picked a few
for myself? Instead of committing peonicide
I chose to leave them where they grew.