Flowers of a Virginia Forest

April 19, 2007 at 9:01 am (flora, gardens, portraiture, Virginia)

A Photo from Neddy

These are actually broken stems that I gathered from my woodland garden after a windstorm. The wounded blossoms resulted in a cheerful display. 

once a snowflake fell
on my brow and i loved
it so much and i kissed
it and it was happy and called its cousins
and brothers and a web
of snow engulfed me then
i reached to love them all
and i squeezed them and they became
a spring rain and i stood perfectly
still and was a flower.

~~Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni is a celebrated poet who has been a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech since 1987. She is a dynamic speaker and it was she who delivered the powerful and passionate memorial ceremony’s closing speech. The above poem by Giovanni is entitled “Winter Poem.”

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The image, Virginia Flowers, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Neddy’s flickr.

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