Flowers are often used metaphorically in love poems. After seeing two carnations in a long-stemmed vase, I wrote this to my wife.


Carnations paired, a he and she,
I think of them as you and me;
with arms outstretched to greet the day--
in stillness stand, in breezes sway;
to lift their faces to the sun
and follow it 'til day is done;
to stand together in the night
awaiting dawn's returning light;
to brighten now with colors fast,
two buds unfurled in recent past;
to savor pollen, each to each--
fertility within their reach;
to brighten lives as flowers do--
so I share the light of you.

Jack Keller

This page was created June 2nd, 2000.

Carnations, 1997-2011 by Jack B. Keller, Jr. of Pleasanton, Texas.
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