Armored in twisted petals, the tight bud’s heart
is hidden from the passing watcher’s eye.
Observe how silently it stands apart
keeping its secrets, openness denied.
But look, how as the sun’s unfolding rays
bring to the bud a generous, gentle heat
the bud unfolds and to us all displays
the beauty of bloom, once hidden in retreat.
So let us be as bold as life demands:
Bravely unfurl the armor of our souls-
Reveal our truths and learn to understand
how much our hiding never makes us whole.
An open flower may drink the sun and live;
the sun in burning dares even more: to give.