someone or something endangered–
to have the clock running against you, invaders

lined-up to take your homeground

since where you’re at is probably a good thing,
a good place, somehow undisturbed, but the place
could be somehow or in some way unattractive

and for that reason nothing else has claimed it–

that’s where tenacity and native come
together–to remain original in the original place is to know more
than most–

Not overdone–at least

here in the arid West–not overdone in size or color, sometimes
spindly, at least smart in leafage when considering the extremes–
take the washed-out orange of this flower, the flower shooting

down like a down-turned trumpet of a forgotten time