Lovely little California poppies,
humbly scattered through the grassy roadside
margins, splashing the green
with riveting bits of orange.
Gather them up and bring them home.
Be warned – very soon they will drop their petals,
but don’t clear the petals away.
Let them stay.
And keep watching.
Petals dropped, the seed pod, with its little disc,
elongates, and dries.
(I’m sure you know).