The Bud

  the bud

  stands for all things,

  even for those things that don't flower,

  for everything flowers from within, of self-blessing;

  though sometimes it is necessary

  to reteach a thing its loveliness,

  to put a hand on the brow

  of a flower,

  and retell it in words and touch,

  it is lovely

  until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing


  Galway Kinnell