A Poem of Hope : “The Flower”

I am a fan of the arts, but I’m not an artist per se. I’ve seen the great museums of the world, viewed man’s greatest works, and can recite much of art history since ancient times. But I can’t draw more than a stick figure. My art is with the word, the pen, of making word pictures to give a glimpse into my feelings and my interpretation of the human  condition.

Georgia O'Keeffe, Flowers

The “arts” come in many forms and most of us have at least a modest gift in one or another. Many think of art as simply painters or sculptors. But there are many traditional arts like dance, theater, and music. And there are modern arts like cinema, photography, crafts, and even new age graphic design. My artistic medium is poetry. And poetry is a lost and under-appreciated art. One rarely hears of great modern poets like Robert Frost or Emily Dickinson. Our closest modern-day poets are songwriters such as Don Henley of the Eagles. But there is something in a poem well-written that strikes a chord and resonates across generations.

Think about Homer’s Iliad, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, or the 1001 Arabian Nights that were collected by hundreds of  different authors over centuries. These were epic poems that were re-told by generations of storytellers from memory before they were ever put in writing.  Part of the art was in the telling  and acting out of the poem, as a participant in the drama.  The Psalms of the bible are poems and songs that express the feelings of love, pain, failure, and thankfulness. Isn’t it fascinating that we can read a poem from 3000 years ago and relate to their emotion and challenges as if they were written today? One can read such poems, or just a passage, many times over and get new meaning each time. And you might get entirely different meanings from the same poem than I or anyone else, just like when we each view a painting.  And each of us is right in our interpretation as the reader or viewer becomes part of the dynamic of the poem or painting.

I certainly don’t claim to be in the league of master poets. But  I am comfortable that I don’t need to be in their league to have similar deep feelings and attempt new ways to express them.  Poetry is like putting together a word puzzle, another metaphor for our life’s puzzle. We are all really poets in some form as we express ourselves in the way that we feel and live our lives.  A life well written is like an epic poem.  It happens by design, not by accident. Art imitates life.

Poetry, along with the other arts have been one of the main ways that humans have  attempted to communicate with their God. And whether or not we believe in God, most feel the need to rise above mere survival and glimpse beauty and goodness as expressed by participating in or appreciating the arts.  It is  our way to communicate the hope that lives  either big or small in each man or woman’s heart.

In this age of turmoil,  I know many of my generation that have taken mighty blows, who are struggling to survive, who are close to losing hope. This is a poem of life’s challenges and more importantly, life’s possibilities, even in the face of these struggles. And meaning is often found in these struggles. During this time of Thanksgiving, this is a poem of hope, against all odds. We are not alone, so long as we have hope.


A flower was born the other day

It spread its limbs, as if to say,

“I arrived, I am here – look at me!”

Showing its colors for the world to see.


The morning was fine, fresh dew to sip

A cool breeze blowing, drip by drip.

The warmth of the sun filling the flowers soul

Still undefined in its special role.


As the sun rose higher still

The flower did what a flower will.

It’s stretched and yawned, toward the orb

Craving its rays, to embrace and absorb.


But when the light turned a shade of red

And the wind blew hot on the flowers head,

It shrank away from the fiery blast

No longer a sun enthusiast.


It sought out shade, but to no avail.

The star burned louder as the petals grew pale.

No relief in sight from life’s cruel symphony

As morning’s glory became distant memory.


And just as all hope seemed lost

And the flowers strength had reached exhaust

The Gardener came to tend his flock

And found the flower in a state of shock.


He loved the flower, called it by name.

Gave it some water, quieted the flame.

And the breeze followed his every step

As he breathed life back where the flower had wept.


Then the flower lifted higher, not afraid of the sun.

Firmly rooted in love, back from oblivion.

With the healer’s touch opening a door

To dreams untapped like never before.


As day turned to dusk, the sun moved away.

The master departed, to return another day.

The flower was renewed, no blemish or blame

Its arms up in victory, as if to exclaim –


“I’ve survived, no thrived – by the comforters touch.

I’ve loved, and lost, I’ve abandoned my crutch.

I know not what tomorrow will bring.

A day of joy, or a day of reckoning.


“But I’ll lift my head, just the same

Leaving the way for the master to tame.

I’ll do my part, come rain or shine

I’ll grow with vigor while tapped to the vine.”


“And I’ll love again, just as today

One day at a time, and so I pray

For the Masters strength, surely not mine

For only his mercy portends love divine”.


“So I bloom where I’m planted, and then

I’ll be ready for storms without wondering when.

I live for the moment or maybe all time

That I may know love most sublime”.


“So tonight I sleep in my bed content

No longer afflicted or in torment.

And as I wait for the new day to dawn

My cup runneth over and darkness be gone”


And the flower lived to toil another day.

To laugh and love, to praise and play.

And the Gardener came whenever the sun grew hot

And the flower was called “Forget- me -not“.

Question: when you struggle with life’s burdens, do you count your blessings 1st? In what do you put your hope?

Quotes of the week: Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers. SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, The Naval Treaty

Flowers grow out of dark moments.   CORITA KENT, Moments of 1984

There is surely a future for you, and your hope will not be cutoff. Solomon, Proverbs 23:18


31 Responses to “A Poem of Hope : “The Flower””

  1. vps hosting March 19, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    Wohh precisely what I was looking for, thanks for posting . cheap vps | best vps host |

  2. Steve Villalba June 2, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to reach my goals. I absolutely love reading everything that is posted on your blog.Keep the information coming. I liked it!

  3. Hannelore Mittag June 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    You are a very intelligent person!

  4. Ciara Altmann June 6, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    As a Newbie, I am permanently searching online for articles that can be of assistance to me. Thank you

  5. Patsy Brumitt June 6, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    You are a very clever individual!

  6. Moon Macmullan June 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    I am always invstigating online for articles that can facilitate me. Thank you!

  7. Rupert Kimmet June 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Simply desire to say your article is as astounding. The clarity in your post is just great and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the rewarding work.

  8. Lashay Beraun June 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.

  9. Juliann Angleton June 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    I have been reading out a few of your posts and i must say pretty nice stuff. I will definitely bookmark your website.

  10. Nellie Leski June 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    It is appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things about it!

  11. Devon Andina June 7, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    I am just writing to let you know what a superb encounter my wife’s princess encountered studying your web page. She came to understand some pieces, most notably how it is like to have a wonderful giving heart to let others completely master selected multifaceted subject matter. You undoubtedly exceeded readers’ expectations. I appreciate you for producing the productive, trusted, revealing and also cool tips about the topic to Julie.

  12. Jordon Seltzen June 7, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    Great goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too wonderful. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you’re stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it smart. I can not wait to read much more from you. This is really a great web site.

  13. Colin Prinn June 7, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    Great site! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am bookmarking your feeds also

  14. Waylon Kistle June 7, 2012 at 4:55 am #

    Hello. splendid job. I did not anticipate this. This is a remarkable story. Thanks!

  15. Free Tickets from American Airways June 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  16. Thomasena Immel June 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    My wife and i ended up being really peaceful that Jordan managed to complete his inquiry via the ideas he came across using your web page. It is now and again perplexing just to find yourself freely giving secrets which usually many others could have been making money from. We really discover we need the website owner to give thanks to for that. The type of illustrations you have made, the easy blog navigation, the friendships you will make it easier to foster – it is everything superb, and it’s assisting our son in addition to our family understand that topic is interesting, and that’s extraordinarily important. Thanks for the whole thing!

  17. Jaimee Wohlfarth June 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  18. Junk Mail from American Airways June 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  19. Michaele Laubach June 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Keep functioning ,terrific job!

  20. Adalberto Barresi June 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Very efficiently written information. It will be beneficial to anyone who employess it, including yours truly :) . Keep doing what you are doing – looking forward to more posts.

  21. Well I sincerely liked reading it. This information provided by you is very useful for proper planning.

  22. Brock Waxman June 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too wonderful. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it smart. I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is really a tremendous web site.

  23. Waylon Caluya June 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    There is clearly a bunch to realize about this. I believe you made various good points in features also.

  24. American Airways Free Tickets June 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    My brother suggested I might like this web site. He was entirely right. This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  25. Wiley Thoren June 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    I am also commenting to make you know what a terrific discovery my girl gained going through your web site. She noticed several things, which include what it’s like to have a very effective giving spirit to let the others really easily completely grasp selected grueling things. You actually surpassed readers’ expectations. Thank you for rendering these interesting, safe, revealing and as well as unique tips about this topic to Sandra.

  26. Jennette Trudillo June 7, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I’m quite sure I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  27. Mail from American Airways June 8, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Very efficiently written story. It will be useful to everyone who usess it, including me. Keep up the good work – looking forward to more posts.

  28. Leonardo Harkley June 8, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    I have to voice my respect for your kind-heartedness in support of folks who need assistance with this important idea. Your special commitment to getting the solution all through ended up being particularly insightful and have usually encouraged girls much like me to achieve their goals. Your helpful help and advice denotes a lot a person like me and especially to my office colleagues. Many thanks; from everyone of us.

  29. Letter from American Airways June 8, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I’m quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  30. Albert Wyly June 8, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    You made certain nice points there. I did a search on the matter and found mainly persons will have the same opinion with your blog.

  31. Letter from American Airways June 8, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    I wanted to draft you a very little word to help thank you so much again for your incredible suggestions you’ve shown on this site. This is quite generous of you to supply unhampered what exactly a number of people could have sold as an e book to get some cash on their own, and in particular given that you might well have done it in case you decided. The advice in addition worked to become a fantastic way to fully grasp many people have a similar interest really like mine to realize a whole lot more around this condition. I’m sure there are several more pleasurable sessions in the future for individuals that look over your website.