Friday, August 1, 2008

Garden Bloggers' Muse Day: Morning Glory

The Morning-Glory
Florence Earle Coates
1850-1927


Was it worth while to paint so fair
Thy every leaf - to vein with faultless art
Each petal, taking the boon light and air
Of summer so to heart?

To bring thy beauty into perfect flower,
Then, like a passing fragrance or a smile,
Vanish away, beyond recovery's power -
Was it, frail bloom, worth while?

Thy silence answers: "Life was mine!"
And I, who pass without regret or grief,
Have cared the more to make my moment
fine,
Because it was so brief.

"In its first radiance I have seen
The sun! - why tarry then till comes the
night?
I go my way, content that I have been
Part of the morning light!"

Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home & Garden Chicago hosts Garden Bloggers Muse Day on the first of every month. This is my first time to participate ... thanks for inviting us to expand our poetical horizons, Carolyn!

7 comments:

Eve said...

That was a lovely post.

Cindy, MCOK said...

Thank you, Eve! I forgot to identify the plant: that's Ipomoea fistulosa, what we call Morning Glory Tree. I can see it out my bedroom door each morning and I always welcome the sight of those extravagant pink blossoms.

Carol said...

Those are pretty, I wondered what kind of Morning Glory because around here they are usually vines with blue flowers...

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Plantwoman said...

I've always loved that poem, but hadn't thought of it in quite a while. Thanks for reminding me.

Cindy, MCOK said...

Carol, this one doesn't produce seeds, thankfully. What it does do: grow to incredibly huge proportions and loom over everything else in the vicinity!

Plantwoman, I found that poem in a book my sister gave me, THE GARDENER'S BOOK OF POEMS AND POESIES. It should give me Muse Day material for months to come!

Kate said...

What a lovely poem to go along with a plant I have never even heard of. Thank You !

Gail said...

Beautiful tree and was I glad you identified it! I am late in getting around...I must get my bookmarks rearranged...or start in the middle when I make my 'rounds'...Have an easy day! gail