As flowers open outdoors and the world awakens to the color of spring, here is a ghazal to celebrate the beauty of this day. The photo was taken in Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia the first week of April 2022.
Rocky soil or boggy mire
Summer heat or winter frost, Bloom!
Sprout, reach, bud, grow, vine, creep
Petal, leaf, stretch, tilt, open, Bloom!
Purples, crimsons, yellows, ochres, pinks
Fuschias, oranges, peaches, blues, Bloom!
Wave, bend, sway, nod, shake, wiggle
Swirl, whirl, twirl, swing, jiggle, Bloom!
Lighten, brighten, cheer, uplift, grace
Encourage, embellish, beautify, Bloom!
Freshen, fragrance, scent, balm
Bouquet, perfume, blossom, Bloom!
Song of Solomon 2:13
‘The fig tree has ripened its figs,
And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come along!’”