Spreading Shade

by Michael Dylan Welch, Richard Tice, and Kathleen Tice

First published in Fireflies’ Light #23, June 2021, page 31. Originally written via Zoom on 27 March 2021.

cherry blossoms

still cherry blossoms—

overcast afternoon Michael

night chill—

pear trees turning white Richard

darkening trail . . .

dogwood petals

mark the way Kathleen

dawn joins

the glow of forsythia Michael

budding peaches

rice cakes purchased

for lunch Richard

a flowering mimosa

spreads its shade Kathleen