The Burning Bush, David Wagoner,
born 1926, American.
A quick flare takes the leaves,
And they rush together up through galls and scales
To a crook of smoke, thinning and whitening,
And the brief red skeleton glows to a light char.
From the ends of twigs, the ashes drift like seeds.
the bush stands bare at the edge of the silent prairie.
This Japanese magnolia was a gift to Winterthur, Delaware approximately 90 years ago. It does not begin to leaf again after winter until after the magnolia trees are in bloom in April.