Trout Lily, glowing elliptical
beauties, a pair of brown-mottled leaves beneath one
yellow, nodding flower
covered with a bronzy exterior.
The delicate curves swoosh down,
then up toward the base of the sepals;
brown splotches sink into the green leaves as the green reaches out
in the rich woods and meadows where they reside.
A dress so flowery and bright as these would stand out
in any crowd.
The flower of the wild lily
bursts open as it jumps to a higher level.
The capsule contains multiple seeds
that are spread north in Canada to south in Georgia,
expressing its loveliness.
Surrounded by a crowd on the ground,
Erythronium americanum tries to be superior to the other
The glowing, radially symmetric petals
demonstrate their beauty that extends through the family of the lilies.