Gentian

Violet and bell-like

Upstanding and brave

Azure and white, or yellow and slight

Buds as small cones that unfolds in a swirl

An emblem for samurais, amid Heian peers

Shadows protect and assist them to growth

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Mountain dweller and tonic giver

Bog lover, temperate,

But still cosmopolitan

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Circling

Swirling

Dreaming

Of snow

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© HMH, 2021

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