The writers of old have used flowers countless times to express their artistic ability. From William Shakespeare saying: “What is in a name? A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet,” to Alfred Lord Tennyson who said: “If I had a flower for every moment I thought of you, I’d walk forever in my garden.” As Hans Christian Andersen puts it: “Just living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”
Flowers are the poetry of the earth- they express the intentions of the earth to give us color in the most breathtaking way: they brighten up our lives. There is more to the saying: “Stop to smell the roses,” than we think. When last did you stop to smell the roses? I mean: to really take it in?
When I was little (about 13 years old), we went to the Netherlands. During our stay there, we visited the beautiful Keukenhof with its vibrant tulips- if you ever get the chance to travel to the Netherlands- do yourself a favor and visit Keukenhof. It felt like heaven on earth: there were all colors of tulips- from black to orange and it ignited the earth in an array of color. Life is not measured in the amount of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away. That day made a profound impact on me and it will be a day unlike any other which I will cherish close to my heart.
So next time when you wander… and you wander in a garden. Forget not to take in the flower: the rose or the sunflower. For they are profound poems written by the earth in its vastness of extreme wonders.
Happy Spring Day!