Friday, June 20, 2014

By The Return of Flowers





Sometimes it seems we mark the years by these fine friends of ours
How sweet it is when re-appears the fellowship of flowers
Those empty vases tucked away in winter hiding places
Are filled with lupine, peony and other darling faces

Now laughing down the dusty lane of ordinary meadows
Hails Queen Ann’s Lace, daisy, flea-bane to tease commonplace shadows
The garden sings with iris plume and lily-bloom companions
The hummingbird and honey-bee drink deep from fragrant fountains

Our winter-want is satisfied in purples, pinks and yellows
We stroll or linger long beside these fine and friendly fellows
For we know farewell trembles even in life’s fullest hour
And we cannot afford to miss the friendship of its flower

The new becomes the old too soon; youth dons Time’s sweeter sorrow
How easily an afternoon surrenders to tomorrow
…as swift a season disappears in silent petal-showers
And ever still we chart the years by the return of flowers

© Janet Martin

Often I find myself comparing years to flowers, such as that year the so-and-so was blooming when…
I took your birthday picture and the lilacs were blooming already, etc…

Some years the peonies bloom early in June (at my daughter’s birthday) and other years they make great year-end teacher-gifts!



Victoria remarked recently that she misses our porchulaca flowers. They came up on their own for a few years after one year of planting but somehow the other year they didn't re-seed. We miss flowers a little like friends who have passed beyond our reach...



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