Daylily Haiku Thursday | Waves of Light...

"It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought."  
(From James Douglas - Down Shoe Lane)

To study a flower is to surrender to the moment.  Even taking a minute to study this photo of Sandy Holmes' H. 'Flat Face' shows so many reasons why I love daylilies.

The folds, 
twists and turns of a bloom shows us what its like to savor the briefness of a single moment.  To temporarily lose the bustle around us and just stop.  

To breathe.
I don't breathe enough- this I know.  Quite often I'll find my chest light for air and Ill gasp- wondering how long its been since I've filled my lungs.  I get lost in "things" - a project for work, a personal problem of a dear friend, finances, school volunteering, just everyday stuff.  Gardening for me provides air and light, both literally and metaphorically.

Daylilies bring perspective to fleeting time and force me to stop.  I know that what is here today will not be here tomorrow, so I must enjoy it right now or I will miss this moment.

waves of light travel
from sun to flower to soul-
briefly stopping time!

People always ask - "Why Daylilies?"  I tell them its because every day is different in volume, color, light, balance, and movement.  What the garden looked like today will not be what it shows tomorrow.  Today it vibrates with purples and tall yellows, while tomorrow it will sing with hot oranges, too.  Its that explanation that usually wins over the "I hate ditch lilies" gardener and allows them to see daylilies for what they are - diverse.  I get lost in those moments of "suspended thought" while enjoying the blooms of today.


hemeroca7 said...

Your point of view is true. I've never though about it but it is exactly what I feel too.
Thanks to put words on it !


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