Ingrid Bruck is wild flower gardener and a poet inspired by nature. She lives in Amish country in Pennsylvania. This site shocases selected works by her.

Forget-Me-Not Garden - Published by: Naturewriting

Poem & photo by Ingrid Bruck  

Forget-Me-Not Garden 

Plant a pocket garden

with blue and yellow wildflowers,

the colors are primary opposites

on the color wheel.

Take it from Von Goethe

who loved that pallet,

a forget-me-not garden

contains conceptual opposites,

each blossom, a dissimilar pair.

Sunshine triumphs

on the edge of night,

a flower marriage

of the remnants of blue winter

with springtime lemons.

Morning gold resides

in coreopsis, buttercups and marigolds,

blooming beside midnight blues

of starflower, chicory and blue bonnet.

Floral language speaks:

a blue hyacinth means constancy of love,

and a yellow rose, friendship.

And don’t ignore their bifurcated twins:

yellow monkshood for hatred,

blue lobelia for malevolence.

Forget-me-nots have blue petals

that circle a sun.

Small clusters contain

the yin of blue night,

the yang of sunlight.

Entwined in the symbology of color

opposition prevails,

the blooms remember hope.

You can say it with flowers.

Date published: September 17, 2018

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