Hibiscus Time (a poem)

Hibiscus Time

Hibiscus unfurls to show her face
Radiating red and gold across our yard,
The news is shared first thing –
“Did you see the flower today?”

Hibiscus is a lively one
Lifting spirits, soothing hearts,
Sharing beauty only nature could devise,
Companion for a day.

Should you return next sunrise
(Not likely in the scheme of things,)
You’ll find she’s furled herself in muted hues
And fallen gently to the ground.

There were no prayers or eulogies
That’s just the way it is.
Fleeting, one day with us,
Next day gone.

A lifetime’s somewhat like that,
Though, for most, a longer stay.
We face the sun, we welcome rain,
We find a place wherein to thrive.

If we knew we had Hibiscus time,
Expressions like “I love you,”
Would not be left unsaid before they
Twist and fall to Earth.

Dwight Boud
© 2016

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