The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom
// by Alice Walker
Against the Elemental Crush.
A Song of Color
For Deserving Eyes.
For its Self.
Last spring, the weather played tricks on our gardens. One week we’d have record high temperatures, which encouraged the flowers to rise up from the ground; the next, a hard frost would strike without warning, forcing the flowers to shrivel and retract their half-bloomed ends.
Some of the flowers did not recover from this stress. The elemental crush defeated them — their colors and true form never to be realized by the outside world.
The Nature of This Life Is to Love & Create
Just like the flower Alice Walker describes in her poem, each one of us is a living song of color and wonder. But here’s where I digress from Walker: unlike the flowers she speaks of, which bloom gloriously for themselves, I think our lives should flourish as an outpouring of love for others. Positive change takes place when we use our creativity to help others.