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Poetry Sunday-A Flower Delicacy




A Flower Delicacy



I love to see these tiny little yellow lanterns spreading out across the, almost bare, meadow landscape.  Their liver-spotted leaves give them away before you see their blooms.  Look quickly though for they only flourish a short while.   A flower delicacy fleeting with time, but like a fine wine, they will be forever burned into your senses….sending you looking for their bright yellow blossoms each spring, even if you can only glimpse them for but a moment.


Pagoda flower

Alights over spotted leaf

Tiny lanterns glow



© Donna Donabella 2016



One of the first native wildflowers to pop up, in early spring, are the Trout Lilies or Erythronium americanum.  Called a spring ephemeral because they bloom for but a few days or so as the air warms.  You can read more about this native flower in my garden post.  I created the haiku in 2012, and completed the haibun this year.  The pictures here are of Trout Lilies that bloomed in my meadow last April.



I will be skipping posting a Sunday poem next week, and will return on May 29th with another Sunday poem.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog, with Gillena@verses for her Monday WRites meme, and Sanaa@A Dash of Sunny for her Prompt Nights every Friday.  This week’s theme is “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is Art.”  Not sure if this hits the mark, but I adore native plants like this Trout Lily, and they seem to be nature’s work of art for me.

pagoda collage (1)



I leave you with a few additional words about rejoicing in spring.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. May 15, 2016    

    It is akin to the cherry blossoms that only appear for a short while and are no more. It is an awaited for event treasured for that brief encounter. Nicely Donna!


    • May 17, 2016    

      A perfect analogy…the cherry blossoms and my wildflowers….events we wait for each year, and what a joy!

  2. May 15, 2016    

    Hi Donna – your spring is bringing plenty to delight and warm the soul. I love the delicate flowers of today’s post, knowing a little of how hard your winter was, they must be a joy to behold.
    Have a happy week.
    Wren x

    • May 17, 2016    

      Quite a special joy as they are the only wildflowers that remained after the land was cleared and they have come back nicely!

  3. May 15, 2016    

    What a beautiful flower. I cannot say I have ever heard of a ‘pagoda flower,’ but it definitely is a breath of spring! Nice accompanying verse as well.

    • May 17, 2016    

      Thanks Mary…so glad you enjoyed it.

  4. May 15, 2016    

    Oh Donna this is absolutely stunning ❤❤ love those Pagoda blooms as they epitomize mother nature’s excellence as an artist. As Kelly Sheaffer wisely states; “Happiness flutters in the air whilst we rest among the breaths of nature.” Beautifully executed. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support

    Lots of love,

    • May 17, 2016    

      I thought this flower would be perfect to show Mother Nature’s art…so glad you thought so too Sanaa!

  5. May 15, 2016    

    how pretty is that!!!

  6. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    May 15, 2016    

    I do love those little lanterns… a great and lovely flower.

    • May 17, 2016    

      Thanks Bjorn…a perfect muse for this poet!

  7. May 15, 2016    

    Little pixie lanterns – beautiful… reminds me of the wonder of fairy books as a child (did the ‘Victoria Plum’ books travel overseas – they wore chestnut hats and carried flower lanterns) – how wonderful it was to keep looking at he it is to really see the flowers..and quietly enjoy their fleeting visit – have a good week away and look forward to your return in a fortnight

    • May 17, 2016    

      Jae Rose I had never heard of the ‘Victoria Plum’ books here but oh I love them (Googled them of course)…my flower is perfect for a fairy isn’t it. See you in a couple of weeks.

  8. May 15, 2016    

    so beautiful, the photo and haiku. “tiny lanterns glow” is so apt because these flowers just bloom for a short while.
    it also reminds me of the dried daylillies or golden needles” we Chinese use in our cuisine. 🙂

    • May 17, 2016    

      I had no idea daylilies were called ‘golden needles’….and yes they do look like my little flower. I also grow daylilies in my garden.

  9. May 15, 2016    

    A pagoda flower like tiny lanterns, how lovely.

    • May 17, 2016    

      So happy you enjoyed my little lanterns Sherry!

  10. May 15, 2016    

    What an absolute stunner. Having seen them once I would look for them each and every year. Open eyes, hearts and minds are generous gift givers aren’t they?

    • May 17, 2016    

      They are indeed worth watching for every spring Soosie!

  11. May 15, 2016    

    Lovely yellow flowrs! I’ve never seen them….I don’t think they grow in NM.

    • May 17, 2016    

      No they do not grow in the SW….they love moist woods and shade, and also are found growing in the eastern and northern states.

  12. May 15, 2016    

    So beautiful, this flower and the inspired haiku

    Thanks by my Sunday Lime

    Much love…

  13. May 15, 2016    

    Each aspect of this post exquisite.

    • May 17, 2016    

      Thank you so much Rosemary for this high praise.

  14. May 16, 2016    

    How you’ve described this beauty, Donna, reminds me of certain cactus blooms that last only a day. You really have to pay attention!!! I’m so glad you did!

    • May 17, 2016    

      Absolutely Ginnie…each blossom is special as they last for such a short time.

  15. May 16, 2016    

    “spring ephemeral” what a perfect title for the sad beauty of such precious short lived blooms 😀 XXX

    • May 17, 2016    

      It is a perfect title….fleeting beauty that braves the cold beginning to spring.

  16. May 16, 2016    

    Hello, pretty poem and a lovely pagoda flower. Thanks for sharing the beauty! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

    • May 17, 2016    

      Thanks Eileen…it is a lovely little native wildflower that I am so happy to share. Have a great week.

  17. May 16, 2016    

    Delicate and fleeting

  18. May 16, 2016    

    Flower delicacy, and joys of spring are vibrant in your beautiful presentation. Stunning images!

    • May 17, 2016    

      I do so appreciate your high praise…thank you!

  19. May 16, 2016    

    Such a beautiful flower, ephemeral indeed, like much beauty in life. How wonderful that you notice and photograph its beauty, then enhance it with your words.
    Have a great week Donna.

  20. May 16, 2016    

    Mmmmm. I know the feeling, and the why of seeking it.

  21. Magical Mystical Teacher Magical Mystical Teacher
    May 16, 2016    

    This is simply enchanting!

  22. May 17, 2016    

    Your words are in sync with the beautiful flower 🙂

  23. May 17, 2016    

    The Monday WRites linkup is live

    much love…

  24. May 17, 2016    

    Hi Donna…. lovely…I have found a young guy here who is starting a landscaping business using natives. He is very nice and I will be meeting with him…..

    • May 17, 2016    

      That sounds wonderful Michelle…I can’t wait to hear more about this!

  25. May 18, 2016    

    Very nice!

  26. May 18, 2016    

    Really delicate flowers, lanterns alike….beautifully written. Enjoy your break, bring a new photos.

  27. May 26, 2016    

    Hi Donna, I always look forward to stopping by and see what delights you have to share. You never disappoint 🙂 Sorry for being so late in commenting on your post. I have had both a family member and a friend quite ill, and have not had much time for visiting blogs but have been trying to catch up now I have free time. Thank you for sharing with Today’s Flowers. I very much appreciate you doing so 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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