Iris shooting bolt upright
bursting open in deep purple bloom
full-figured and with no question of its
identity, place in time and creation

Sleeping in the ground for months
multiplying bulges push up crowded leaves
stems, buds, flowers


But too much crowding
if the bulbs aren’t broken up
spread apart
mean fewer blooms

Even irises need a “tower-of-Babel”-like
forced separation to grow properly