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01 March 2009

Sunday Morning Gallery - Song of the Flower

Many talented poets and writers have written about flowers so today I will share a favorite of mine.

Song of The Flower

I am a kind word uttered and repeated
By the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the
Blue tent upon the green carpet.
I am the daughter of the elements
With whom Winter conceived;
To whom Spring gave birth; I was
Reared in the lap of Summer and I
Slept in the bed of Autumn.

At dawn I unite with the breeze
To announce the coming of light;
At eventide I join the birds
In bidding the light farewell.

The plains are decorated with
My beautiful colors, and the air
Is scented with my fragrance.

As I embrace Slumber the eyes of
Night watch over me, and as I
Awaken I stare at the sun, which is
The only eye of the day.

I drink dew for wine, and hearken to
The voices of the birds, and dance
To the rhythmic swaying of the grass.

I am the lover's gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.

But I look up high to see only the light,
And never look down to see my shadow.
This is wisdom which man must learn.

- Khalil Gibran


  1. I love it! Well said-- thank you for sharing that, I'm glad to have taken in the lesson. :) As I was reading, I also remembered reading about the significance of flowers being the symbol of life, and such a crucial part in the cycle of all life. Walking a couple days ago, I was just commenting on how much I love spring because there's explosive colors everywhere and the smell of the air so sweet.

  2. Thank you Kenna! Flowers really do personify the cycle of life. I am so ready for the return of spring!

  3. Ahhh Beautiful!
    We included Khalil Gibran in our wedding ceremony :) Your flower photographs are uplifting and beautiful for sure. Hope you have a great week :)

  4. Lovely Song/ Poem, Julie! Awesome photos to accompany it- not spring here, it is about 15. We crossed the Mississippi today and it looked frozen here in Wisconsin!

  5. so beautiful julie! such a fantastic poem & the flowers are perfect to match!

  6. Thanks for the wonderful comments. Khalil Gibran is one of my husbands favorites as well as mine.

  7. Very beautiful flowers. Love the poem. Awesome Julie!

  8. Wonderful poem Julie! And the photos - incredible! Khalil Gibran was one of my mom's favorites, so the poem is extra special to me. Thank you - another beautiful gallery!

  9. Thanks for the very positive responses!

  10. Julie, I love the center flower! Who would know that a B&W of a flower could be so stunning!

    Do you really want snow? LOL

  11. Thanks Gypsy! Yes, please send snow!


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