“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”
~Tennessee Williams in “Camino Real”
(These words became his epitaph)
Some beginnings in this life commence on inhospitable ground:
no soil, no protection, no nurture, barely enough water.
Here lies a drive to thrive and transcend: forcing through a crack in the pavement while exposed to relentless heat.
Such delicate beauty comes from nothing but a seed packed with the potential to transform its circumstances through perseverance. We all are created with the potential power to break through rocks and change the world.
Forever and ever.
Oh Stream of Life! the violet springs
But once beside thy bed;
But one brief summer, on thy path,
The dews of heaven are shed.
Thy parent fountains shrink away,
And close their crystal veins,
And where thy glittering current flowed
The dust alone remains.
~from William Cullen Bryant’s last poem “The Stream of Life”
A seed may land in lush green
or a narrow crack of the pavement.
Only a dewy touch from above
will yield blooms from dry rock.
May my dusty soul be bathed
(pansies pictured are above Bellingham Bay on the Performing Arts Center Plaza at Western Washington University)
Nobody can keep on being angry if she looks into the heart of a pansy for a little while.
The world is in sore need of a cure for the grumbles.
Fortunately, it exists right outside in our back yards, along sidewalks and in vacant lots.
A cheerful face is irresistible to all but the crabbiest among us, guaranteed to bring a smile every time.
Beyond the obvious charm exists a depth of heart — roots able to thrive in the thinnest of soil, at home among rocks and weeds, resilient even when tromped on.
We carry its seeds on the tread of our boots in spite of our grumbling and help spread the good news: anger left unfed will dry up and blow away.
Yet the constant heart of the pansy will last. It smiles back.