Thursday, May 22, 2014

THE TRITOMA and the HUMMINGBIRD: a poem by ed


Red Hot Poker in My Yard


You go by many names
     just like me,
          but you are only
               a single plant
just like I only have
     a single body.

They call you
     Red Hot Poker
     Torch Lily
     Tritoma
     Poker Plant
     Kniphofia,
but I know you
     not for your name
          nor for your beauty
but for the joy
     you bring to my soul
          when I look at you
for you are a torch
     that can light
          my inner life.

This morning
     a hummingbird
          came to taste your nectar
and I was there
     as a witness
to this scene of nature
that can only be called
one of the Creator’s greatest.
So for this morn
     I am almost whole
because by whatever name
     the hummingbird
          and the poker plant
have set me free.

For a moment
     we are one
           if never again
for this second while
     with the hummingbird
          and the Tritoma
I am an I.




© Ed Cooper, 5/22/2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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