I noticed this luscious pink beauty underneath our cherry tree two weeks ago. It’s an heirloom French herbaceous peony – a fancy name for a flower I don’t give much attention. My mom planted them years ago, and regardless of my inconsideration, they bloom faithfully.
The only thing I need to do. Enjoy them.
If I wait too long, they’re gone. Already, the bright rosy blooms collapsed into dull brown blobs.
May I learn to take pleasure in the flowers today, and not to think so far away.
A Prayer in Spring
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.