(I know, these definitely aren't petunias ... but that's another story ... so let's just consider them stunt doubles ... and I hope you won't mind)
There's something about walking ... that steady rhythm ... the relative quiet ... the way thoughts float in and out ... nothing in particular ... just random thoughts ...
One of my favorite walking routes ... even in dry years ... is blessed with flowers.
It's obvious that the owners ... give a lot of thought to the flowers' gift of color ... that they tend them carefully ... and they enjoy sharing the beauty of flowers with others.
This poem is an outgrowth of some of those flowers.
Actually, I only became casually aware of this particular clump of blossoms ... my thoughts were wandering ... and then it seemed that the blossoms were actually nodding at me ... as if in greeting.
I thought about that ... thought about it some more ... and when I got back home, I sat at the kitchen table and wrote this little whimsical piece:
I have a nodding
with some petunias
who bob excitedly
when I walk by,
but then they
do the same when
a stranger passes.
(originally published in Capper's)
Today's word: excitedly