The Last Flower

A flower with multiple meanings related to life and the search for love

The last flower,
Curved between the stones,
To copulate with millions of women.

It will never know its children.
And like you
it waits clinging to a balcony,
Staring at the ghosts filling the street,
And grazing,
(like a lover a daisy),
the vagaries of an existence
Propelled upward by tiny bees.

It will never know its children.
And, like you,
It will crouch in the weeds
just to embrace
With all of itself,
the tomb
Where its children dance and play.

The last flower was plucked
To break a life,
not to frieze you
with an engorged pledge.

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A brief note on symbolism related to flowers

Symbols associated with flowers have significant meaning in various cultures and traditions. In many cultures, different flowers symbolize emotions, virtues, and concepts. For example, the rose is commonly associated with love and passion, while the lotus symbolizes purity and enlightenment in Eastern cultures. In Western cultures, the lily is often seen as a symbol of rebirth and renewal.

Flowers have been used in rituals, ceremonies, and art to convey messages and emotions. In ancient times, flowers played a crucial role in communicating feelings when words failed. For example, the Victorians used the language of flowers, also known as floriography, to express feelings and convey messages through specific flower arrangements.

In ancient Egypt, the lotus flower symbolized rebirth and creation because of its ability to bloom in murky waters. Similarly, the cherry blossom in Japan represents the transient nature of life and beauty. In Celtic culture, clover is a symbol of good luck and protection.

The Lotus Flower Temple in New Delhi
The Lotus Flower Temple in New Delhi, India, is an example of a building based on flower symbolism. The facility is nondenominational and open to anyone who wishes to pray in peace and harmony according to the customs of their religious faith.

Flowers have also been used as symbols in religious practices. For example, the rose is commonly associated with the Virgin Mary in Christianity, symbolizing love and purity. In Hinduism, the lotus flower symbolizes divine beauty and purity, often associated with deities such as Lakshmi and Saraswati.

In addition, flowers have been incorporated into various forms of artwork, such as paintings, literature, and tattoos, to symbolize different values and beliefs. The symbolic meanings of flowers continue to be relevant in modern society, as people still use them to convey emotions and feelings meaningfully.

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