The Full Moon of May is known as Flower Moon to signify the flowers that bloom during this month. It makes me think of Texas wildflowers. The beautiful gifts of nature that come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
I lived in Dallas, Texas for 14 years and will never forget the miles and miles of brightly colored wildflowers that would grow along the side of the highways and in fields. It was a sight difficult to describe to anyone who had not seen it for themselves. It was as if nature had laid down a multi-colored wall to wall carpet stretching for miles. You would see Indian Blanket, Pink Ladies, Black Eyed Susan, Indian Paintbrush. Mexican Hat, Milkweed, Texas Bluebonnet, Blackfoot Daisy and many more.
The Texas wildflowers was as inspiration of Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon Johnson. Both were nature-loving Texans. Johnson’s crowning achievement was the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, or “Lady Bird’s Bill,” which not only promoted the planting of wildflowers and other fauna along the growing Interstate Highway System but also limited billboard advertisements and other roadside eyesores such as junkyards. To this day, Springtime in Texas is a magnificent sight. The flower fields have become popular settings for family photographs and weddings.
Texas Bluebonnets Black-eyed Susan and Milkweed Colorful carpet Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Frank Tassone is hosting Haibun Monday at D'Verse Poets and has prompted us to write a haibun about The Flower Moon of May.