Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Consider this lily --
how tightly closed her tall white bud,
how outrageously her color then explodes;
how fiercely her stamens and pistil
hold my camera at bay,
how seductive and alluring
her rich sweet scent,
how charming all those freckles are --
even the ones that are morphing into spikes --
and though her petals will soon turn brown and wilt,
she's confident -- and so am I --
that she -- or some new flower,
created in her image,
with her roots --
will return next year
to hurl another cup of joy into my life.

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