Wild Violets - Sharon Scholl

Every year I wait
in expectation
for the first wild violets
to unfold their vivid petals
in abandoned meadows.
First a few clumps
then countless purple islands
dot the undergrowth
like figures tangled
in a Persian carpet.
They hover at shoe level
shy as all wild creatures.
Every year they reward us
for abandoning our duties,
foregoing human legs to squat
among the weeds and stare
at beauty almost too small to see,
too delicate to touch.

Sharon Scholl is a retired college professor (Humanities) who convenes a poetry critique group, active for sixteen years in Northeast Florida.  She is an active member of the Poetry Hub, a branch of the Florida Writer’s Association.  Her poems have been published for twenty years or so in such poetry magazines as The Raven’s Perch, Mindful Word, and Evening Street Review.  A lifelong church musician, she maintains a website, freeprintmusic.com, that gives free choral music to small, liberal churches.  She performs frequently as a member of a piano duo.  Her poetry chapbooks, Seasons, Remains, Unauthorized Biographies, Summer’s Child, are available via Amazon Books.