poetry, ART and photography by caroline street
A poem by Caroline Street
Like a lantern you glow;
High in your old, spindly tree.
You emanate an aura of purity
As you flutter in the breeze.
Your corolla enfolds blushed ovule and ovary
And concealed within these reticent parts,
Your sweet, citrus scent;
You are the queen of the flower arts.
Sweet Magnolia, my heart overflows
At the sight of your generous blooms,
As early morning sunbeams
Highlight buttery petals of snowy white -
But on closer sight; hints of lemon yellow,
Pale green, and ultramarine can be seen.
Alas, Sweet Magnolia, your charm enhances my view
For merely a week or two -
You're slow to bloom - quick to fade;
A slight touch and it is too much,
Your tissue-thin décor floats forlornly to the floor.
But rest now, Sweet Magnolia
Until we meet again next spring
When your beauty will grace my garden,
And make my heart sing. ❤