In The Name of A Wildflower

Another California super bloom. A colorful transformation of our often desertic landscape now adorned with carpets of green, yellow, purple, pink, and white. What you see is nature’s pure surrealism. But are we fortunate, or cursed? A most awaited moment for nature lovers soon became a reality check. As more images of people and pets posing candidly in the middle of the flower fields or laying on top of them started to pop up on Instagram, some mindful users made a note, and the hard conversations began.

Since the flowers cannot defend themselves, I took it upon myself to give one of them a voice. Here is what she told.


fragile
equilibrium,
let me explain
a fundamental truth

my role here
is not
to entertain you

the balance
my life and duty
invisible
microscopic,
by you
misunderstood

you can destroy me
if you don’t
deserve me
i’ll be gone

for loving
is not the same
as saying
you love

the balance i’ve been confided
my life and duty
for centuries, millennia
before and after you

strong fragility
to your modern obsessions

choose
remain blind
insensible

choose
understand
feel

you can destroy me
if you don’t deserve me
i’ll be gone


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