山茶始開(つばきはじめてひらく)Camellias begin to bloom.

山茶始開(つばきはじめてひらく) Photo by そよ

固く結んだ団栗のような蕾が、
ゆーっくり、ゆーっくり、開き始めるのです。

引っ込み思案の小さな子が、
一緒に遊びたくて、
塀の向こうから、そっと様子を窺うように。

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