Waiting in Wilderness: Impossible Blossom

There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.
~Li-Young Lee, “From Blossoms” from Rose

In the midst of this past dying year, when too many have been lost to virus, to loneliness, to despair, to violence…

I seek the fragrance of the ultimate Bloom,
this true man yet very God

to be reminded of the Life and Light He brings to the darkness where we all dwell;
this impossible God sharing the load of man,
the sweetness of His glorious splendor

given to the undeserving
with joy and love
without reservation
without hesitation
from joy to joy to joy.

O Flow’r, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels in glorious splendor
The darkness ev’rywhere;
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death now saves us,
And shares our ev’ry load.

2 thoughts on “Waiting in Wilderness: Impossible Blossom

  1. Soothed, quieted within by the perfection and beauty of one of the Gardner’s handiwork gift to us in the simplicity and intricacy of ‘the Rose.’
    Aware, too, that beauty can sometimes carry with it – a sharp unnoticed thorn — the potential for pain
    when we come face to face with the inevitable pain and sorrow of living life — just as He (and Mary) did.


  2. Love it. ..days we live as though death were nowhere in the background..

    Those are lovely days aren’t they? I haven’t many of those in recent years but I’m always awed when I catch myself fully within a moment.

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