the jewel of my backyard
The Mimosa
by Jason Tomlinson

The only thing I know about trees is what I’m able to view
I don’t know much but I like to watch to find out what they do
and I’ve noticed my mimosa tree every single year
and how late in the spring its blossoms appear
there are trees all over my neck of the woods punctuating the landscape of all our neighborhoods
and it’s so nice when spring comes around
and the trees blossom all over town
but it’s strange when I watch the mimosa tree
and why it waits so late is a mystery to me
but then I was encouraged by that one thing
the mimosa isn’t competing to bloom first in the spring
it just does what it does slow and steady
and then it blooms when it is ready