after the storm

The morning after the overnight storm

the zucchini and baby squash plants,

that spent all of last week losing their will to live

turning yellow then grey

dropping undesirably scrunchable leaves

onto the mulch covered soil,

have fashioned new foliage.

Now green, as they should be,

for this short moment in the morning sun

they are unblemished by yesterday’s armies of aphids.

An incoming posse of yellow ladybirds

has begun to survey the new landscape,

happily hunting with intent,

ambling in anticipation,

seeking sustenance,

over, under and around.

On this first day of another week,

I cannot help but wish them well.


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