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When the Japonica flowers I am reminded that I have let this prickley plant thrive another year in neglected corners of my garden -- and I am pleased.

Photo: Japonica, in my garden
(not a native plant)

Words to walk with:
From Ixion by Lex Banning
"Turning and re-turning
The wheel returns once more,
There is never any reversal
the axe achieves the block
denial produces only
the crowing of the cock,
turning and re-turning
no one stops the clock."