late-flowering in the cold November rain,
leaving no trace of sweetness on the air ..
no sensuous warmth of sun-gilded spice
to captivate and to entice a hawk-moth
or an itinerant bumble-bee.
In your optimistic creativity
I see the imperative reason, though out of season,
that inspires the complex beauty of your display.
in defiance of the sunless grey
you give luminescence to this day …