Flowers Personified

The lilac family lived on a lane
colorful and ostentatious
in a quiet sort of way.
Muted violet, creamy whites
pastel pinks and deep purples
beautiful dressers and lovers of perfume.

Nestled in a blanket of green
she peeks out with her ruffles.
A bitsy thing among her friends
demure and delicate
the sweet-scented
Miss Lily of the Valley.

She quietly lives the rules of mourning
body drooped in shadows
occasionally sees the sun
empathy personified
destined for sadness
the perennial bleeding heart.

Photos taken last week at the Boston Arboretum’s Lilac Lane.

9 thoughts on “Flowers Personified

    • lillian May 19, 2015 / 10:28 am

      Glad you liked it. There really is a lilac lane at the arboretum with lilac tress from all over the world. They were mostly in full bloom when we visited and the perfumed air was intoxicating. A breeze would come up and the scent it carried was heavenly!
      Always glad to see your comments! 🙂

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      • OldenGray May 19, 2015 / 3:27 pm

        Interesting that you say “Intoxicating” as you brought that out in how you described them above. Well done!

        I’ve always had a fondness for lilacs because my grandma and mother both loved them!

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  1. Next Step to Nirvana May 19, 2015 / 3:32 am

    Perfect spring poetry. Makes me miss my flowers. I have all of them in other house that I am heading to in a few weeks.

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    • lillian May 19, 2015 / 10:32 am

      Thanks much. Always so nice to read a comment over my morning coffee! As I mentioned to Olden’s comment….there really is a lilac lane in the arboretum and it was in full bloom. We went off the path, which you are allowed to do, climbed up the hill and discovered the bleeding heart and lily of the valley beneath one of the lilac bushes — this genus of lilac had very woody entwined branches at the bottom, which I was looking at and then looked “in” and saw them literally nestled there. Just magical! Safe travels to your other home….a summer home?
      lillian

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      • Next Step to Nirvana May 19, 2015 / 2:58 pm

        That is my primary home and I have been away for a year on my sabbatical leave (in my second home) and heading back up north. Even your description is lyrical 🙂

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  2. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack May 19, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    Good Morning, Lillian.
    You know honestly as I was reading this lovely and colorful piece of writing, floral scents wafted through my entire studio.
    Thank you for the visual, cerebral and aromatic morning experience!
    am:)

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