You burst into bloom like a sudden flash of illumination, elixir of spring.

Quick, I must paint you! Explore your myriad shades of pink, frame you in silver, make you immortal.

Quick, I must write of your furled blossoms and fragrance! Glorious haiku bright with promise – April’s shyness, May’s delight.

Even now, amid happy bees and floating butterflies, gentle spring hurtles toward blazing summer, and these soft sunlit days are fleeting.

Even now, the light changes. You’re different – fading, withering.
Even now as I hold spring in my hands, you’re gone – too soon, too soon.

 

5 1 vote
Post Rating
Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
12 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

When I saw the picture of your peony, the first thing that came to my mind is a pink rose. But oh no, I was wrong peony and rose are not the same. Thank you for this entry, Julie, it educates me. Also, I love your description especially the last two lines, it is something that amazed me and remains in my mind – “Even now, the light changes. You’re different – fading, withering. Even now as I hold spring in my hands, you’re gone – too soon, too soon.” For me, it is like a poem with deep meaning and I compare it to a loved one about to die.

Last edited 1 year ago by Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Julie Harris

You’re welcome, Julie.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

This is beautiful, Julie! This made me think that the life of an artist isn’t always easy, trying to capture special memories on canvas or in literature before it fades.

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

How lovely Julie, you’ve captured the emotions of the loving gardener so well. I have similar feelings when photographing insects. They change from one form to another so quickly. ‘And there it was, gone’ is a very regular saying in our house ?

Last edited 1 year ago by Carrie OLeary
Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Just think Julie, if there was a Southern Peony, it might last just that little bit longer. But don’t you think the beauty of the flower can sometimes be measured by/in its short life? I can say no better that what Lotchie has said, a beautiful poem too.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

At the same time, Julie, your story is poetic and philosophical; about beauty and sadness. Everything that is living is constantly changing, going from birth to death, from spring, via summer, to fall and winter. Changes can be exciting when you anticipate something and sad when you want to hold on.
Here in Colombia, with summer year round, I often miss nature’s changes, and wonder how trees and other plants know when to bloom, and when to grow flowers and fruit.

Comments without a personalized avatar will not be published.
Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

It is a shame that the beauties of these flowers don’t last very long. The final part when you wrote ‘too soon, too soon’ is so true.

Become a PatronHelp support our family-friendly mission

Most Voted Comments

Avatar
8

Bait

It takes a real talent to tell a story in so few words. What was…


Avatar
6

Endure and Sing

Inspirational piece. Am glad you picked the rat to be the protagonist in your story,…


Avatar
6

Endure and Sing

Such a sweet tale - and with a good moral to the story. I thought…


Avatar
5

Endure and Sing

Wow! This is a good story! Really good to read to little kids, the moral…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, it really does add an extra dimension to hear your story read aloud…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

In my neighboring country Denmark, we have the classical storyteller Hans-Christian Andersen. Your sweet story…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

A really nice one with a wonderful story line. I can see why this was…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

A beautiful story! I was reminded of seeing Paul Potts and Susan Boyle on Britain's…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Your story inspired me to keep going no matter how discouraging it gets. At times…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Thank you so much for the feedback! I pray that the young readers will be…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Thank you for taking the time to comment and convey your thoughts on the story.…


Avatar
4

Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, don't we all feel like the rat in your story at times! We…


Avatar
4

Vows

I must admit it was the picture of the church, with its grave yard, under…


Avatar
3

Between Belonging and Dying

A very powerful story, Daniel. Your writing makes it easy to feel the reality of…


Avatar
3

Between Belonging and Dying

Oh my gosh, Daniel. Your story really defines the word superb. You make me experience…


Avatar
3

Between Belonging and Dying

A horrendous situation, more so because so many people find themselves going through it. A…


Avatar
3

Between Belonging and Dying

What an extremely powerful story Daniel, really well written and with an ending that had…


Avatar
3

Between Belonging and Dying

Daniel, this story is one of the best flash fiction stories I've ever read. You…


Avatar
3

In Memoriam

It's terrible to lose someone you love and accept that he is not a part…


Avatar
3

The Problem with Women

I think Carrie has said it all. We rest our collective case.  ? 


Recent Comments



www.Voice.club

Upcoming Site
Maintenance
Scheduled for Today @ 21:15 ET

USA Timezone – Eastern Time – (GMT-5)

Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds


Voice-Team will perform upgrades and add new features!

During our scheduled maintenance
Voice.club will be inaccessible

12
0
Selected Authors may submit comments (5 Credits)x
()
x
Scroll to Top

Sharing a Post

Why do my friends need to SignIn to read the post I shared?

Actually, this is a voting security feature. During public voting, only club members can read posts submitted for that contest. Since anyone reading the story is able to vote (click the Like button), we reserve these capabilities to members who SignIn. Before we implemented this security feature, people were voting multiple times and making the public voting process unfair and out of balance. To fix this, our staff finally decided to allow only members who SignIn to read the stories. Membership is free and easy, and ensures our club is safe, secure, and family-friendly!