Outside, the world is whisper quiet,
a blanket of snow pulled up to its chin,
growth happening only in dreams.

Birds flutter and scurry, cling to hope and hunger,
spend their days in search of food.

Mother Nature believes in tough love.

This flower, though forced, had life easy,
needing only to absorb and reach for the sun.

For days it filled my house with the scent of spring,
and if I closed my eyes, for just a second, it was.

Pretty and pampered,
this blossom knew nothing of the travails of life,
nothing of the burn of frost or the scorch of wind,
nothing of the cardinal stealing her seed,
nothing of competing for the warmth of the sun.

And yet, she withers, spent.

Still, beautiful.


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  • Sooz Weissberg January 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

    …nature’s jewelry, that …

  • Michael January 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Mother’s lesson for the pretty pampered among us, and the rest of us also.

  • Teresa O January 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

    You bring together the beauty of your photos with the eloquence of your words in such a magical way.

  • Kathryn Dyche Dechairo January 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm


  • elk January 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    the blooms can teach us so much .. i hope that wisp of spring stays with you !

  • Sean S January 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm


  • Liz January 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Makes me wonder which I’d prefer to be.


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