18 January – Maple masquerade

Finally the Maple gets its long awaited day
to blossom like a cherry in the prime of May –
a whimsical makeover of fluffy white clouds
that airily weigh down its bare brown boughs.
Dressed in bridal showers until it must thaw
and drop its melting flowers to the garden floor.
So brief, it’s out of season rush of rich bright bloom,
a chance to be another tree that falls away too soon.

18 January - Maple masquerade