Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Miracle of Love

A weed is but an unloved flower (Ella Wheeler Wilcox )

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The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read
Beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree.
Dissllusioned by life with good reason to frown,
For the world was intent on dragging me down.

As if that weren't enough to ruin my day,
A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play.
He stood right before me with his head tilted down
And said with great excitement, "Look what I found!"

In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight,
With its petals all worn-not enough rain, or too little light.
Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play,
I faked a smile and then shifted away.

But instead of retreating, he sat next to my side
And placed the flower to his nose and declared with surprise,
"It sure smells pretty and it's beautiful too."
"That's why I picked it; here, it's for you."

The weed he presented was dying or dead.
Not vibrant of colors, orange, yellow or red.
But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.
So I reached for the flower, and replied, "Just what I need."

But instead of him placing the flower in my hand,
He held it midair without reason or plan.
Then I noticed for the very first time
That weed toting boy could not see: he was blind.

I heard my voice quiver, tears shone like the sun
As I thanked him for picking the very best one.
"You're welcome," he smiled, and ran off to play,
Unaware of the impact he'd had on my day.

I sat there and wondered how he managed to see
A self-pitying woman beneath an old willow tree.
How did he know of my self-indulged plight?
Perhaps from his heart, he'd been blessed with true sight.

Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see
The problem was not with the world; the problem was me.
And for all those times I myself had been blind,
I vowed to see the beauty in life and appreciate every second that's mine.

And as I held that wilted flower up to my nose
And breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose
I smiled as I watched that young boy, another weed in his hand
About to change the life of an unsuspecting old man.

Cheryl L. Costello-Forshey




17 comments:

soft_rain said...

Very, very nice....

I really enjoyed reading this

Thank you for sharing

HeiressChild said...

hi belizegial, i was looking at the title. i guess that means flowers need love too. that's why i talk to my plants; i think it helps them to grow. now i'll read the blog article. hope things are well with you and your family, and on the job.

hugs& blessings,
sylvia

Belizegial said...

Hello Soft_Rain and Sylvia,

TGIF or in my case, TGIS (thank goodness it's Saturday)

Glad you enjoy this posting. yes, it's all about love. Both people and plants need plenty of love to help us grow in peace, faith and hope.

Have an awesome day and may your days be filled with plenty of opportunities and possibilities.

HeiressChild said...

hi enid, you have got to be one the sweetest ladies in the whole wide world. your light definitely shines for all of the world to see. the Word of God says you'll know a tree by the fruit it bears; your tree bears much fruit--good fruit. you generate such love thru your words and here on your blogsite. thanks for your words of encouragement.

i got a "b" on my economics mid-term, and an "a" on my small business management mid-term. have a great weekend.

hugs, peace & blessings,
sylvia

dragonflyfilly said...

i was thinking about posting here after i read your quote by Maya Angelou, then something stopped me, so i'm glad you dropped by my Blog.

No, unfortunately he was one that "got away" so to speak, and i was very young at the time, and believe it or not still a virgin...so...and he was an older man...and a complete "gentle man" -- all he did was escort me during his time off duty, (i think he thought it was his duty to keep the wolves away, and i think he might have been married) i could have fallen for him really easily, but and we reached our destination it was goodbye - we never kept in touch...but as you see i still have his photo and i think of him with fondness and gratitude.

dragonflyfilly said...

P.S.

darn, i burnt my spuds!...this blogging can be dangerous.

By the way, belize, and is your name Enid?

cheers for now,
pj

Belizegial said...

Oops, sorry about the burnt spuds PJ.

Yes, my name is Enid and I am from Belize.

I also have a couple photos of the ones that got away.lol.

Ah, memories :)

dragonflyfilly said...

Good Sunday morning Enid.

a very unusual name, my mom used to have a friend by that name, and my neighbour upstairs is Enid, but she moved back to Nova Scotia.

Ahh memories indeed, sometimes a blessing, sometimes a curse. I watched "The Devine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood" last night. I had not seen it yet, now i know what all the fuss is about; better than "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Steel Magnolias" - i'm glad i stayed in last night to watch it!!

Well, my daughter wants to go to the Circle Craft Christmas Craft Fair, - meeting her at 11:00, so i had better go get ready.

i look forward to reading more about you on your Blog...

Hope you have a pleasant Sunday,
peace and blessings to you too,
pj

willemina said...

Enid, that was absolutely beautiful! What a touching story. I agree with Sylvia in that your light truly shines for all to see. Thanks for touching our lives...you've certainly made an impact on mine.
God Bless and hugs

HeiressChild said...

hi enid, been thinking about you the last couple of days. just want to say hi. hi. (i always think this is so funny) i hope all is going well with you and your family. have a great week.

hugs & blessings,
sylvia

sharingthenight said...

HI ENID...
YOUR ALWAYS, ALWAYS SO BRIGHT IN WORDS, THANK YOU FOR THE LIGHT.

IT IS GOOD TO SEE YOU TOO,

HUGS

WANDA

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