“It was a sunburst of sound,

breaking out of hiding

and spreading open.

It had the freedom of release

and the tension of purpose.

It swept space clean, and left nothing

but the joy of an unobstructed effort.”

— Ayn Rand

flamboyant dahlia

showers its blazing petals

clones the warming sun

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Sunburst of Sorts ~ With its pointed tubular petals and breathtaking colors, this spiky “cactus dahlia” simulates a spectacular sunburst • Photo and “Clones” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor

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