Flash in the Pan
A Quarterly Posting at Tiny Lights
by Maggie Manning
Every summer the swaying blue and yellow roadside sentinels are shorn like so many sheep, cut close to the ground by the ever-circling, uncaring blades. Why? Is there a mandate of some sort stating that beauty doesn't belong by the edge of the road? Might the flowers be a distraction to unwary drivers?
Likewise, I wonder: Why shear the youngster's pale-gold curls so that his head is shorn of glory, shorn of strength, shorn of beauty? Where is the mandate stating that little boys' hair must be cut short? Might his curls lead unwary viewers astray? I ask again, why?
Maggie Manning lives in Geneseo, NY, and mourns the loss of roadside beauty each year.
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