Bamboo: spent stalks, brown
and stiff; drains for the breeze
to hum in, knock on knock, tap;
winter's snapped plumbing.
Crocus: a vase of flutters,
white; pole dancing a spear,
gold; a cage of stiff swords,
long striped bodyguards.
Rose: tissue-pink leaves, paired,
set in line on telescope stems,
the soft thorns a rash; a bud
nestles amid greenfly, crushed.