From tilled earths grow strange plants,
a new-season show of tempered stems
bursting in circles amid April's rain.
One is milliner's inspiration -
a race-day fantasy for Ascot ladies.
Another throws an ovation of arches
over concrete ponds. A storm stream
born in a mountain maker's track
hosts spawn scattered by lost frogs.
Each overcast morning brings a clutch
of fresh, tax-manured buds in this farm
for the cropping of precious metals
- bronze, and silver, and gold.