if i were a lily, i would wait all day

Photo: V. Slotto

Photo: V. Slotto

if i were a lily, i would wait all day

for the gentle nudge of a summer breeze
bending me to its will

for the luminous glimpse of a ruby throat
sated by my nectar

for the heady scent of a neighboring rose
gracing me with her presence

for the taste of rain that falls at last
to soften thirsting earth

for the setting sun that signals the end
of my brief but beautiful life

i would fall to earth, become one with her
surrender, await the unknown

The title is taken from Mary Oliver, Published in A Thousand Mornings: Poems

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27 thoughts on “if i were a lily, i would wait all day

  1. hypercryptical says:

    A beautiful surrender Victoria.
    Anna :o]


  2. I would wait as well. This is such a beautiful painting in words.


  3. Bryan Ens says:

    If I were a lily…an interesting thing to ponder what a flower would think…and how it would live its brief but beautiful life.


  4. C.C. says:

    “bending me to its will”–love this…such surrender and sensuality here 🙂 Also, that is a gorgeous photo!


  5. Truedessa says:

    You have woven a beautiful poem. That thirst for water is needed for growth.


  6. Abhra says:

    “for the taste of rain that falls at last
    to soften thirsting earth”

    One of the most beautiful pieces I read from you. It made me feel so blissful.


  7. Yes.. the greatest thing about lilies.. roses..
    bees and birds.. is they only live
    and never die.. as die..
    is not


  8. vbholmes says:

    An image-filled, richly worded depiction of the way-too-short life cycle of a lily. Beautiful photo as well.


  9. billgncs says:

    lovely – this reminded my of how wonderful and mysterious the female of our species is 🙂


  10. X says:

    You give a lovely intimacy to the life of the flower. Love the smell of the neighbor. Ha. We will all return to the earth — one day.


  11. Sumana Roy says:

    aw…that’s a sweet, tender life…beautiful…


  12. Misky says:

    A gorgeous poem, as lovely as your lily.


  13. Mohana says:

    Such soft, tender beauty in this poem.


  14. DELL CLOVER says:

    This has a rich and lovely, soft serenity.


  15. A day lily, like the good times, is so ephemeral, but beautiful while it lasts. This is a carpe diem kind of a poem and I love it.


  16. MarinaSofia says:

    This is lush, evocative writing… gorgeous, rich imagery.


  17. This is wonderful Victoria, the different images like similes of a beautiful life, with a progression to a cycle of life. Just gorgeous.


  18. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Loved this beautiful piece 🙂


  19. Gorgeous writing Victoria!


  20. orestesgf says:

    La naturaleza es magia y por supuesto los poetas, estan hechizados.


  21. kanzensakura says:

    OMGoodness Gracious…what a beautiful title and what a beautiful poem to go with it. You just made this blossom and bewitch.


  22. Mary says:

    This is lovely, Victoria. You have brought to life the idea of being a lily. What a beautiful life indeed.


  23. Sabio Lantz says:

    “I would wait all day…”
    Brilliant , loved it. Who’d imagine you could make me feel this much for a flower (not being a flower guy) — but you did. Magic art.


  24. Gabriella says:

    This is a beautiful poem, Victoria, and could be a prompt by itself.


  25. Kind of makes me want to be a lilly… 🙂


  26. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Metaphors abound in this one, V. Your final stanza is epitaph for all of us, as we only strut upon this planetoid’s stage for a brief appearance in a play that seems infinite. Nice tight feel to this, sensual, lovely, & unyielding.


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