The Spring into Summer Collection – a poem by Jeannie E. Roberts

The Spring into Summer Collection

The lake washes with liquid corduroy and yoryu
crinkle. Its brocade puckers in lines of seersucker,

flickers in slivers of silver organza and gauze.
A showcase of plumage glides across crepe,

spins atop satin, weaves upon a runway feathered
with migratory fashions. Mallard enters

garbed in green iridescence, as bufflehead follows
in black-and-white suit. In stiff-tailed attire,

ruddy duck rounds the ramp as the Canadians work
their plumes in an avant-garde gaggle of style.

Loon lifts her shawl of quills, spilling thrills in high-
flown-full-turn-and-swim combinations.

Buoyed by diamonds, Mother Nature bows, splashes
kisses, slips her designer shift toward the waves

of another season, another reason for ready-to-wear,
and the runaway collection of summer.


Jeannie E. Roberts has authored six books, including The Wingspan of Things (Dancing Girl Press), Romp and Ceremony (Finishing Line Press), Beyond Bulrush (Lit Fest Press), and Nature of it All(Finishing Line Press). Her second children’s book, Rhyme the Roost!, was recently released by Kelsay Books.

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