i heart nature

for the first time today, while sitting at my desk at work, pounding away at a discovery response, i saw a flower bloom. i actually saw the petals of a sunny yellow daffodil in a vase on my desk pop open and slowly unfold.

the bud literally sprung open before my eyes – it seemed like magic. it struck me how beautiful nature is.  this short moment brightened my morning.

this reminded me of an eye-opening poem by Pablo Neruda that captures the wonderment we often feel when encountering one of life’s little magical mysteries…

A Lemon
 
  Out of lemon flowers
loosed
on the moonlight, love’s
lashed and insatiable
essences,
sodden with fragrance,
the lemon tree’s yellow
emerges,
the lemons
move down
from the tree’s planetarium
Delicate merchandise!
The harbors are big with it-
bazaars
for the light and the
barbarous gold.
We open
the halves
of a miracle,
and a clotting of acids
brims
into the starry
divisions:
creation’s
original juices,
irreducible, changeless,
alive:
so the freshness lives on
in a lemon,
in the sweet-smelling house of the rind,
the proportions, arcane and acerb.Cutting the lemon
the knife
leaves a little cathedral:
alcoves unguessed by the eye
that open acidulous glass
to the light; topazes
riding the droplets,
altars,
aromatic facades.So, while the hand
holds the cut of the lemon,
half a world
on a trencher,
the gold of the universe
wells
to your touch:
a cup yellow
with miracles,
a breast and a nipple
perfuming the earth;
a flashing made fruitage,
the diminutive fire of a planet.

Pablo Neruda

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