iris in vincent’s eye

i begin as
dry ivory bulb
asleep in deep dark
until warmth stirs from
far away as sunshine
whispers, “come to me”

i stretch
uncurling in
moist brick soil
insects tickling my
pale skin as it peels off
with sigh, “love, arise!”

i reach up
to throw off the
heaviness of garden
bed’s blanket and am
blinded by yellow light
crying, “it’s spring!”

i grow long
sabered leaves
of vibrant green to
drink in cool rain and
shelter tender buds with
promise, “we’ll dance!

i bloom in
profuse blue hues
from cerulean to indigo
unfurling petaled banners
to reveal frilly stamens and
sing, “behold life’s beauty!”

i fade as
sun sets in gold;
plucked from roots
glory slowly wanes as
flowered energy wilts with
a moan, “remember me.”

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irises by van gogh

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christine Bolton
    Feb 20, 2020 @ 14:14:54

    What a stunning poem! So beautifully written Lynn 🙂💕 A wonderful tribute to the Iris

    Reply

  2. Sascha Darlington
    Feb 19, 2020 @ 20:26:58

    I love the 5th stanza!

    Reply

  3. lifelessons
    Feb 19, 2020 @ 20:02:34

    You’ve both done a good job of making us remember irises.. You and Van Gogh!

    Reply

  4. msjadeli
    Feb 19, 2020 @ 18:00:10

    Lynn, I love your poem, a lovely shape and a vibrant testament to another one of my favorite flowers, iris. I love VanGogh’s rendering of the beauties. If you’re a fan of VanGogh, the 2018 At Eternity’s Gate is worth a watch.

    Reply

  5. Frank Hubeny
    Feb 19, 2020 @ 17:10:33

    I like the thought of throwing off the garden blanket in the spring.

    Reply

  6. Linda Lee Lyberg
    Feb 19, 2020 @ 15:37:31

    Lynn- I love this, And especially the first stanza with ‘as sunshine whispers, Come to me’. What a gorgeous line!

    Reply

  7. kurtandjennifer
    Feb 19, 2020 @ 14:35:11

    How lovely! I simply cannot wait for spring.

    Reply

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