Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Flowering Dogwoods

Garland Strother

In the live oak hills north of town
dogwood trees blossom in rhythm,

filling the woods with red, pink,
and pearl white in a nest of green.

Appearing without advance notice,
they catch us by surprise each year,

composing their own southern
spring in rampant fugues of color.


Garland Strother is a native of Louisiana and a retired librarian. He currently lives in River Ridge, Louisiana, near New Orleans, with his wife, Liz, also a librarian. He has published poems most recently in Plainsongs, The Lyric, Common Ground Review, Texas Review, Louisiana Review, Arkansas Review, and The Christian Science Monitor, and also has a chapbook, Picking Rocks, from Red Gate Press.

© Garland Strother

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