climbing the hickory,
autumn blooming clematis --
bees rising skyward
Mounds of white blossoms are piled on my neighbor's fences, arbors, doorways, sprawled over brush like low-flying cumulus clouds. But our autumn-blooming clematis, fulfilling its everlasting desire to climb up, has wrapped its vines around the trunk of one of our shagbark hickories, halfway to the top of the 80 foot tree.
The shaggy trunk looks like it is studded with stars. Honeybees, drawn by the sweet fragrance, rise higher and higher. Maybe they believe they are going to fly among the constellations.