Like a painted vein traced on a pale face
A black paper case unveils
soft silver cat tails.
Curious and uncertain,
quartered saffron strands of tissue paper petal
unfold from each downy leather purse-
Witch hazel stick insect stems
revealing their position
on a day not made for flowers.
Singular black spots, not dot to dot
punctuate a tree top
An all day roost
standing out in this ice speck drizzle
A sanguine silhouette
against the shallow thin sun