POETRY CORNER

Amaryllis is sometimes called Hippeastrum, which means, “Knight Star”.

The Metier of Blossoming

Fully occupied with growing–that’s
the amaryllis. Growing especially
at night: it would take
only a bit more patience than I’ve got
to sit keeping watch with it till daylight;
the naked eye could register every hour’s
increase in height. Like a child against a barn door,
proudly topping each year’s achievement,
steadily up
goes each green stem, smooth, matte,
traces of reddish purple at the base, and almost
imperceptible vertical ridges
running the length of them:
Two robust stems from each bulb,
sometimes with sturdy leaves for company,
elegant sweeps of blade with rounded points.
Aloft, the gravid buds, shiny with fullness.

One morning–and so soon!–the first flower
has opened when you wake. Or you catch it poised
in a single, brief
moment of hesitation.
Next day, another,
shy at first like a foal,
even a third, a fourth,
carried triumphantly at the summit
of those strong columns, and each
a Juno, calm in brilliance,
a maiden giantess in modest splendor.
If humans could be
that intensely whole, undistracted, unhurried,
swift from sheer
unswerving impetus! If we could blossom
out of ourselves, giving
nothing imperfect, withholding nothing!
  ~ Denise Levertov  

 

Amaryllis belladonna, known to many as “Naked Ladies” because the flowers are pink to white and bloom before the leaves develop.

An amaryllis starts out so robustly, and its growth takes my breath away.  What a great flower for young children, for they get to see its growth leap up each day.

Our Religious Education programs for children and youth are active during Sunday worship. You and your school-age children are invited to the intergenerational beginning of the services in the Worship Center.  The children are then excused to begin their Sunday morning activities.  Children are welcome to join their parents in a worship service,  although it should be noted that most services are not designed with young children in mind.

Our nursery will be available for children four years of age and younger at 10:40 a.m. before each Sunday service.  You are welcome here.

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