Toronto flora of “high summer”: The LilyPosted: July 31, 2013
Lily – my childhood flower. I learned to walk
among your stalks. And your ancient sophistication
is part of me now; your beauty beholds me / I behold you,
and The World is good glimpsed from your point of view.
Of my sad boyhood face there remains a dream-trace,
and your fragrance and form taught me all I should know:
Stand tall and upfront and, well – put on a show.
Elegant, primitive, glowing style…
Lily, you sleep as a bulb under snow,
then you hold your head high in the summer awhile.
Alexander Best, July 31st, 2013