Does the rose follow a set of rules in deciding when to bloom?
And once the petals open wide, do the bees take that
as an open invite to enter in and feast?
And as the thrasher builds its nest
within the thorny cactus arms,
does it ask permission, or barge right in?
And should the cactus object what then?
What are the etiquette rules in nature?
When the caterpillars attack milkweed,
stripping it of its tender and tasty green leaves,
does the milkweed weep for being so mistreated,
or does it understand the role it plays in a precious life cycle?
Now with stem bare, the lowly milkweed struggles,
flourishing in spite of its nakedness with
brilliant blooms of succulent yellow-orange flowers
teasing and tempting the haughty beautiful royals
the colorful Monarch and Queen butterflies
and though uninvited, they still stop by.
So I ask my friends– are there any etiquette rules in nature?
©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg
Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: Just one Word: Etiquette