Daylily Dinosaurs

You are the last of your kind,

poised on the brink of a yearly extinction

which drives your species

to its annual death.

Yet you leave your imprint,

your fossilized remains,

written on the tablets of our hearts.

Deep in the sediments of our souls,

your skeletal stamp

lies preserved in amber,

ย etched into the memories

which will guide us back

(a paleontological migration),

panting for your beauty

in the spring.


The gardener in me gets sentimental this time of year, as I see the beauty of my garden give way to the changing of the guard which announces Winter’s imminent arrival. ย How fun to feel as though I am a paleontologist, exhuming a rare species, digging patiently, waiting for spring…

18 comments on “Daylily Dinosaurs

  1. Madilyn says:

    I love the thoughts behind this poem! Is that a lily? Just lovely! Thanks Melody!

  2. Caddo Veil says:

    Lilies are one of my faves, Melody–I must say I feel just a tad mournful, now that I’ve been a regular guest in your garden; but I’ll be excited and eager for your spring offerings! God bless you today–love, Caddo

    • melodylowes says:

      We will have to seek the beauty in the hidden things, in the winter, in the season of darkness – because it is there, too – just of a different nature. But I DO love the green and colourful version!

      • Caddo Veil says:

        I must say the “dark of winter” (which we have plenty of in the Seattle area) appeals to my poetic side in a grand and productive way. I’ve never felt it contributed to my depression, as many folks suffer it..So, once again, God hid a gift in the “Gray”!

      • melodylowes says:

        I keep looking for the gift on my crown – not seeing it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Debbie says:

    We found a day lily at the park today . looked just like this, at least. My daughter picked it up and gave it to the car . .. a present for it taking us there. ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless you and give you extra hugs and love as this season comes to an end and a new one begins!

  4. This might be an ode to the dinosaurs as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Yun Yi says:

    So much metaphorical use of words. I see the profound “heaviness” behind words. Yet, very beautifully ended.

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