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May Marigolds
Jacqueline Jules


They begin each spring
as single yellow pom-poms,
wobbly in fresh mulch,
hardly visible from the curb.
Eagerly I watch for a second bud
then a third, and a fourth.
Like first steps and first words,
I look forward to growth. Imagine
bushy yellow heads filling my garden,
forgetting for a careless moment
how marigolds bursting with blooms
will mean June and July are over
and summer is coming to an end.

© by Jacqueline Jules.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Jacqueline Jules is a former librarian who found herself intrigued by almost every book she put on the shelf.  As a reader and as a writer, she doesn’t restrict herself to one genre. She is the author of 50 books for young readers on a wide variety of topics, including two poetry books for young readers, Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence (Albert Whitman, 2020), and Smoke at the Pentagon: Poems to Remember (Bushel & Peck, 2023). Jacqueline is also the author of four poetry books for adults, including a collection of biblically inspired poems, Manna in the Morning (Kelsay Books, 2021). After 26 years in Virginia, she moved to Long Island to be closer to her grandchildren. Learn more about her at


Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
I also love the line, "Like first steps and first words, I look forward to growth." Beautiful poem.
Posted 05/21/2024 01:53 PM
Those "yellow pom-poms" certainly are cheerful, so is this poem. Thank you for the smile.
Posted 05/21/2024 12:00 PM
Larry Schug:
Any day involving a marigold and a poet is a good one. Thank you, Jacqueline.
Posted 05/21/2024 08:30 AM
From a fellow marigold/flower grower, I love this! Esp. this line, Like first steps and first words, I look forward to growth.
Posted 05/21/2024 07:33 AM

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