the island is covered in flowers
even though there has been too little rain
i was pleasantly surprised the first evening
looking out the taxi window into the fading
light to see roses still flowering alongside
the dirt road leading to my friend's house
and the next morning
finding them clambering over
cottages and along all
the paths and roadsides.
in town, on every street
the gardens and window boxes
are lush and lovely as always.
a day, or two, are spent biking
up and down every alley and street
to see what's happening in my favorite
pocket and hidden gardens.