Flakes of Fire
“I would if I could choose
Age and die outwards as a tulip does;
Not as this iris drawing in, in – coiling
Its complex strange taut inflorescence, willing
Itsself a bud again – though all achieved is
No more than a clenched sadness,
The tears of gum not flowing.
I would choose the tulip's reckless way of going;
Whose petals answer light, altering by fractions
From closed to wide, from one through many perfections,
Still wrecked, flamboyant, strayed beyond recall,
Like flakes of fire they piecemeal fall.
Death of flowers
This poem is titled Death of Flowers but I was taken rather with the ending imagery, that of the life and going out of the tulip; to live reaching, stretching, seeking the light, every effort employed to finish well ‘wrecked, flamboyant’. That with each stage of going I take on a new aspect of life, fractions, reflecting a fresh glory. May we all reach the great exit with each petal strewn, a life well lived!
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