Today


We gather yellow daffodils today,
The ones we put in autumn earth, arranged
Around a lilac bush already there.
And resurrected from their graves, away
They turn each year from winter's stare to see
Us run between the blooms like hungry bees,
And not invite Tomorrow there to play.

We gather yellow daffodils today.
Our wilted hearts can only seem to see
The ones who cannot turn to this year's sun.
Like bees without a hive we fly away
To place them in another grave, where buzz
Of Youth, and drenching Faith, and sunlit Hope
Can never make them bloom for us again.

We gather yellow daffodils today.
Wild blossoms burst afresh from memory's bed!
"Don't try to disentangle Now from Then,
But cultivate them both!" the petals say.
And so we find our roots in both these times,
Yet savor best the blooms among us now
And live, as daffodils must do, today.

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