Blowsy blooms in amaranthine borders
signal a half-blown season
July has jump-jacked summer
to the wide bowl watering hole
a cement toad, warty and wryly smiling
hosts one feather-freckled fledgling there
dipping earnestly, head arrowed skyward
seeing squealing swifts boomerang
some high-rise insect clouds

A quadrille for Mish’s prompt: Freckle