Gladioli by Myra Morris

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Maroon and orange, scarlet, crimson-dyed,
   Triumphant blades that part the teeming soil,
Rearing a splendid pageantry of pride,
   They guard the jealous season's hoarded spoil!

Summer has kept them warm and burnished bright --
   her mark is carven deep upon each hilt --
Gushing from out her breasts, wind-hollowed, white,
   Her scarlet blood upon each tip is spilt.

A braggart bodyguard, they stiffly stand,
   Flanked by garden's tarnished finery,
Flaunting their livingness, a gorgeous band,
   Long after Summer's reign has ceased to be.

First published in The Australian Woman's Mirror, 4 March 1930

Author reference sites: AustlitAustralian Dictionary of Biography

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