Pièce de resistance

Pièce de resistance

How we bring beauty
     into our lives
these tulips
     yellow and purple
with their long green
     leaves and stems
a beauty grown
     out of the the earth
brought into the home
     to embellish the day
and as the days pass
     their beauty will
slowly fade
     and they will be
returned to the earth :
     the pursuit of beauty
may be forever but
     only love can resist
the passing of time
     only love

John Lyons

Tulips

Tulips

Every colour of the rainbow
           and the fact that they will fade
is unimportant
           their beauty depends
on so many factors
           the light and the soil
in which they grew
           the evolution of their genes
how a single flower
           developed into so many
singular species
           and how we evolved
to admire them
           and to value their beauty
their long tongue-like leaves
           the slender stems
upon which a chalice
           of bright petals
is raised in a toast
           to creation

John Lyons