Surprised by Joy by Art Elser

When I walk a path of flowering plum

or hyacinths, or pass a field

of blue-eyed grass or scarlet fireweed,

I smile and am glad.


But, when I’m hiking through the shade

of a mountain wood near a snow-fed creek

and find a solitary Calypso orchid,

my heart is overwhelmed by joy.


A single object of delight, demands

the eye enfold, examine, hold it fast.

And in that careful look my soul

rejoices in the varied hues of pink,

the slender stamen’s gentle curve,

the tiny yellow specks

of pollen fluff.

Categories: Issue 2 - Spring 2012, Periodicals, Poetry | Tags: | Leave a comment

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