Sunflowers in December

Sunflowers in December:

Raw, earthy, organic

little graces

backdropped by weathered

redwood fence boards

and a whetted, restless

western sky.

We buried seeds

in August

for an Autumn birthright.

But how could we 

have known then

my need now

on this particular 

dreary December morning

for precisely these

beacons of brilliance?

Suncheer and graybreak 

laying wait all fall

to unfurl here

now before me

for me

not for sun

but as sun

to unfurl me forth

into the day

a man unmade

and open again

to light