Syringa in Space
Violet hued, load-bearing lilacs
pull and sway in the backyard,
under the influence of a bleak
prairie wind burning through
the plains. Unpruned, defiant lilacs
bloom bright like stationary stars.
Guy wires surge-fall in winded
tensile dance. Purple flowers strain,
stamen, stigma prepare for launch.
Pollen swollen luminaries shimmy,
tethered to an indifferent ground,
flight delayed, filaments unfulfilled.
Genetic rockets, yearn to blast, thrust
for space unknown. Blossoms dip,
swing, lean, twirling with mad desire.
They burst, fragrant missiles cast off
the surly bonds of earth, slip, scattering
generations to the newborn sky.