Gardens in Poetry: Flowers for My Grandmother: A Poem
A Little Talk With The Plants
When I was young, my grandmother would often take her morning stroll with me accompanying her. She would walk through the garden, speaking a kind word or two to the plants. She would say things like: “Mr. Tomato bush, I know you are going to bring me some pretty juicy red tomatoes this year.” I always smiled and thought how sweet it was for my grandmother to do this.
Scientists have studied this behavior by some people who maintain gardens. They found there may be benefits related to plant growth from saying a few words now and then to the plants. Perhaps, flowers and other plant life feel the positive vibrations of appreciation in a human’s voice. My grandmother always said: “They tend to behave better when I talk to them.” Plants in my grandmother garden always produced the best tasting vegetables or fruits. Indeed, most of us would seek to perform at a higher level with kind caring words coming our way.
I wrote this poem in honor of those people like my grandmother who show respect and tenderness to life around them. Plants are living organisms like we are. Grandmother helped to cultivate that understanding in me. May she rest in peace forever.
Likewise, my wife’s grandmother was fond of flowers, and my wife enjoys taking photos of them. I thank my spouse for the wonderful photos of flowers she provided for this work. She’ll probably receive roses for her efforts. If you prefer, leave a comment at the end of this article. Enjoy: Flowers for My Grandmother
Do you or someone you know speak to flowers and other plants?
Flowers for My Grandmother
The flower winked at my meadow passage,
Blinking wind with petals and stem caressing,
Sun orange rolling across the lazy sky
Vanity stones upon my feet and head.
Silence fertilize the soil of the dead,
Daisies, roses, carnations, sing their beds,
Chorus of colors-whites, blacks, yellows, reds, browns,
All bloomed in their vases rainbow earthbound.
She laughed “Marigolds pray morning glories!
Out snakes and witches business abhors me!”
Prepared teas and stews on iron wooden stove,
Flowers for flavor she brought from her grove.
Lilies lifted leaves leaning with laughter,
Chrysanthemums chat with her approval,
Maples marveled grandmother’s melodies,
Humans healed her humming helped hurt hedges.
Bountiful bundle touched my grandmother,
If she could smell them she would tell them so,
“Grow and be great for this world and the next!”
Cemetery bear witness to that text.
I ponder dandelion destiny,
Nirvana her Heaven golden showers,
Strolling and talking with the Great Gardener,
Rows upon rows of floral contentment.
Daffodil smiles my path plain encircled,
Granting blossoms wild wandering stillness,
Offering kind words from ground sparkling,
Stems dripping dew of dawn upon weathered grief.
Years fade and sprout anew pollinating
My soul flourishing soil of my making,
Nectar life thriving harvesting my acts,
Spreading roots to plant memories of me.
My dust to refurbish dirt end of season,
Finding shelter pleasant sanctuary,
I rise eternal garden awaits me,
Pretty flowers with Grandma will greet me.
More About Flowers
Flowers are a vital part of our lives. They enhance the beauty of our surroundings. Flowers also provide food and homes for insects and other creatures. Like other plants, flowers help with the prevention of soil erosion when they are a part of the outdoor environment. We as humans attached sentimental value and olfactory pleasure to these plants in their various forms, shapes, and colors. I’ve included information about a few species of flowers below for you to enjoy. Brighten your life with flowers when you can.
- Cosmos Flowers – These flowers arrived in the United States around 1800 A.D. They came to the U.S. from Mexico, and they can be perennial or annual. Cosmos is a genus consisting of at least 20 species of flowers. Some plants which are cosmos flowers include: asters, daisies, and sun flowers. Cosmos flowers handle droughts well and they grow quickly.
- , Dandelions – This is a very common flower, coming to America from Eurasia. It grows well in grassy meadows, forests, gardens and other environments. The dandelion prefers temperate climates which makes the flower popular the world over. Because the flower is extensively found across the globe, there are many varieties to choose from.
- Daffodil – These trumpet-shaped flowers bloom in clusters usually. They may be yellow or white in color. They are common garden flowers, but lyrics about daffodils find their way into songs and poetry. Often, daffodils are used as part of scenery in many stories.
- Dogwood Flowers – This plant was officially designated as the state flower of North Carolina in 1941. It grows on the dogwood trees which are found in every area of the state. These flowers have white or pinkish petals.
- Rose – The rose is our national flower, receiving the honor in 1986. Georgia, New York, Iowa, and North Dakota also recognize a type of rose as their state flower. Roses can have a variety of colors: red, yellow, white, or pink. These flowers have inspired songs, poetry, and other creative work. Roses have a very pleasant odor and they are wonderful to have around.