A bemused gnome kicks back
between spider plant and calendula,
draws from stone pipe
as he studies
ceramic toads and turtles.
Beneath a repurposed bird bath
now hosting succulents,
a meditating frog poses
cross-legged on terra cotta saucer,
contemplates ballerina bloomed fuchsia.
At his knee, a smaller, disgruntled relative
scowls toward a potted camellia,
disapproves as it sheds entire flower heads,
litters concrete patio and azaleas
with clown polka dot petals.