Shy Lilies

white lilies

Red roses of passion bloom in the Valentine bouquet.
Crimson carnations assert continuing devotion.
Abundant chrysanthemums provide a pure backdrop for floral passion,
While shy lilies still sleep in pale green cocoons.

Red passion fades,
Though devotion endures.
We need only enough, not more.
Lilies emerge: symbols of purity, love and grief.

To her they meant only loss.
But grief is the price paid for having loved.
The lilies open last.

by V. Ferrier

Valentine bouquet

recommended reading: The Lily: a Remarkable Flower Bursting with Symbolism

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