flowers I picked today;
enough to make a bouquet.
I gave to Helen, my wife
brighten up her present life.
should I not do so for her,
she dains to call me Sir?
fifty years we have been together;
seen all kinds of weather.
best time of the year could be Spring,
all the birds begin to sing,
when all God's flowers are in bloom,
the air with their sweet perfume.
gives each flower a certain scent,
the breeze determines where its sent.
that God's children only went
He ordains them to be sent!
flower has its own perfect beauty,
where God placed it on duty.
flower never strays from the place
God can look upon its face.
that men were like flowers.
all their days and hours,
right where God placed them,
their fragrance unto Him!
you seen a flower rare
its fragrance there;
to show its majestic grace
all who look upon its face?
you have a godly wife
is the joy of your life?
you pick perfumed flowers
brighten up her hours?
will come a day,
you walk along the way,
flowers will not bloom,
brighten up her room.
pick all the flowers you can give,
seasons come when they do not live,
for your wife and the flowers,
what or who, will brighten up your hours?
I walk along the path to the lake,
sweet flowers I will take
the one I love above all on Earth,
grateful for her first and second birth!
have not long to pick the flowers,
my years are ebbing, and my hours;
soon will be the day
blossoms dry and blow away!
so it is with me and my wife,
we will have used up all our life;
someone else will pick the flowers,
they too, have no more days and hours!
flowers always bloom
scatter their perfume,
waste their sweetness on the desert air,
if they know no one is there?
the poet once said*
many a gem of purest ray serene,
dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear;
many a flower is born to blush unseen,
waste its sweetness on the desert air."( Thomas Gray)
ye Dogwoods, Periwinkles and Jonquils,
Crepe Myrtles, and Daffodils,
Sweet Williams, Hydrangeas, Zinnia
Hyacinth, Wisteria, Lilies, and Forsythia!
there comes one to pluck from you, your bloom,
place you within a vase in a room:
with great delight will bring joy to a wife,
simply giving up your life!