. Moon Garden Party It’s small and all reserved For plants that love full sun, Edges distinct though curved Refine how moments run Through dainty daisy days Succeeded when they’re done By crazed azaleas’ blaze. The details glow at closer range: Kaleidoscopic shape, spread, height Delight the guests whose interchange Sweeps charm in phases through the site. Delphinium in mighty spikes Diffusive candytuft ignites; The moon illuminates unlikes. Moths flit above full champagne-saucer blooms Of lambent vines around a balustrade; Tobacco tendrils twirl from upstairs rooms To meet warm whispers in a serenade. Dim wisps of cloud transgress the lunar orb By luster-loving visitors surveyed: Slight throbs of thrill idyllic we absorb. Unsettling rays of moonshine skim Striated leaves with silver streaks; Doves linger at the bird bath brim; The jasmined air recycles weeks. We shake off shoes suffused by dew, And gazer after gazer speaks Before we stroll, moonstruck anew. . . Margaret Coats lives in California. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. She has retired from a career of teaching literature, languages, and writing that included considerable work in homeschooling for her own family and others.