Extended Bloom

Extended Bloom

From dusk until dawn
the deep-throated
Four o’clock blossoms
open like painted lips.
Nocturnal pollinators
visit–the sphinx moth
and the hawkmoth–
and sup until sunrise.

Then the four o’clock
purse their lips
and retract,
with a twist,
all that color–
like lipstick
that retreats
into itself,
lying dormant
in its sheath.

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