Ah Flowers! So beautiful are all flowers,
The spectrum of their hues so dazzling.
Beautiful they are on ancient trees,
Or on shrubs by the bank of sparkling rivers.
Flowers bloom all season round,
Most in spring, some in summer, fall and winter.
Some lasts for weeks and months some just for a day,
And some bloom only in the darkness of the night.
Flowers adorn rocky cliffs and deep ravines,
They carpet moors and prairie lands,
And look good even on thorny plants,
And adorn plants growing in hostile arid lands.
Flowers are bewitching to human eyes,
Mesmerized are chirpy birds and humming bees.
Colourful petals leading to reveal exotic aromas,
Ushering to where lay the hidden seductive nectar.
Flowers are the purest offerings man can make,
On the altars of enlightened ones who sits on floral thrones.
Thus even the least bestowed can gain equal merits,
Like those overflowing with material abundance.
So wide are flowers used in human lives,
Their uses transcend all societal and cultural bounds.
And thus there is a flower for any occasion one can fathom,
From mirth and merry making to poignantly somber ones.
Floral garlands signify goodwill,
Bouquets to congratulate,
And flowers are sent to mend broken hearts,
And wreaths are laid to mourn painful demises.
Varieties hold symbolism like Calla Lily for wedding,
Poppies for bereavement, chrysanthemum for fidelity,
Daisies for pure innocence, orchids for exotic beauty,
And tulip is to express declaration of love.
Hues and numbers have their meanings too,
Red rose is for love and passion, yellow rose for friendship,
Pink for admiration and blue rose to someone who cannot be yours,
And one rose to say I love you, 50 roses to say your love is limitless.
But flower, although enchanting is also ephemeral,
For no matter on what plant they bloom,
Or in which season, they display extravagant colours,
They also leave a poignant message of the truth of impermanence.
December 11, 2015