in flowers i trust

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

exquisite bloom, golden girl rhododendron ~d nelson

delicate, ethereal beauty
with not a fret as to fate
or seeing grounds to wait.

only offering his or her best
in each transient moment.
there is oneness uponย recognizing
true blossoming elegance.

not disposed to having complexes
of superiority, inferiority or sameness.
not needing to be liked or disliked.
not above the law –
not laws of humanity,
nor the laws of nature.

not into making others feel
troubled or uncomfortable,
or lose their sense of direction
no matter how alike they are
or different they are from so-called, others.

givers, offering vividย generosity
by a true, compassionate presence.
not taking from others;
not time, nor space,
not their livelihood, their dignity,
their healthcare, their freedom,
their loved ones, nor their lives.

if only i could live
a life of such humble, selfless dignity.
to be happy, even if cut
& put in a vase.
…at this moment, offering
forgiveness to myself
& others for so much
harm inflicted, in just this lifetime.
I wish that I could come back
as a flower.
For as a flower
others would smile
& have no reason
to lose trust.


95 thoughts on “in flowers i trust

  1. Sonnische

    Thank you, David, for this powerful message on transient beauty! If we attend to these beautiful messengers while they flourish, however briefly, they lift us beyond today’s frightening machinations of political theater. Your photos are perfect!

    1. Ben Naga


      I picked a flower
      Twirled it between my fingers
      Sat waiting, smiling
      Till it divulged its secret
      But it just withered and died

    2. smilecalm Post author

      smiling to your deep understanding, Sunny! yes, the time is now for tending
      this garden in which bloomers, including we, and other flowers of humanity
      briefly dwell!
      may your day be happy ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. smilecalm Post author

      rightly or wrongly
      considered a weed,
      i happily identify
      with dandelions!
      wishing you warm sunshine
      to bloom at this moment, Hariod ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you Irene
      for finding it so
      & being one of
      the blossoms
      of humanity!
      so many blossoms
      opening up visually
      to Stevie Wonder’s tune ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. delphini510

    May all the world’ leaders
    around the table,
    One day
    be given a flower to behold.
    To study in silence, fifteen minutes or more,
    Its complexity, beauty, serenity and peace

    1. smilecalm Post author

      such a tender notion, miriam!
      and perhaps they should not
      be allowed out of that room
      until each one of them
      passes the test ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. susanenholm32

    You’ve been walking in beautiful places, David. Thanks for sharing the flowers and the bee. I would sure like to ‘help’ the Republicans in Congress. Their ‘suffering’ affects millions, including those who voted them into office. A day without political news is a day of joy.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you Susan for appreciating
      my walk about in the SF botanical garden. may we pass on this flower
      freshness to those who have power & wealth and desperately need guidance ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Val Boyko

    We can learn so much from flowers ๐ŸŒบ
    Thank you for sharing natures wisdom David. ๐Ÿ™
    Keep rooting down and reaching for the sun ๐ŸŒž
    Feel that radiance around you and bring it home. โค๏ธ

  5. Healing Grief

    A beautiful and colourful post David. May our souls blossom like the flowers in nature and may we remember to receive love, sunshine and your wise words today to grow freely!

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you, JoAnn!
      i’m counting on flower power
      to help me, & help us all
      out of this debilitating
      crisis of trust.
      may your day
      be filled with bright blossoms ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. JC

    One should think of a flower whenever harsh words are about to take control. For in one flower you can see the whole of creation and one is humbled.

    1. Mรฉl@nie

      1/2 of my comment has just vanished!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
      * * *
      @”When another person makes you suffer…” – avoid => ignore => spam => delete them from your life…

  7. Sarah

    Beautiful, David. ๐Ÿ™‚ Are these all in your garden?
    I would love to have flowers in the house but I can’t bear to cut them from my own garden. I make do with potted orchids.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      Thank you dear flower, Sarah!
      These special flowers are in the SF botanical garden, where I visited last week. There are a dozen rose bushes here and my partner selectively cuts some flowers, from time to time. They are most precious. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Sarah

        I love roses but they are hard to keep healthy in our climate. You are very lucky to be able to grow them and have them near. I know that they won’t be wasted at your place – you know how to appreciate good things.

  8. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    You are a flower, David, offering your best
    in each transient moment.
    In each exquisite bloom is the beauty of your heart.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      the flowers & i smile
      to your kind appreciation
      & refined sense of smell, blossom Rose!
      may your day honoring mothers
      be relaxed & fragrant ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Jet Eliot

    Oh David, I so enjoyed this celebration of the gift of flowers, and life, and your humble and compassionate words. I will move forward through this lovely new day, using the example of the flower to guide me: with “not a fret as to fate,” enjoying “each transient moment” and taking glory in the “true blossoming elegance” of life. I enjoyed the photos too, especially the golden girl rhododendron with her unfolding wrinkles and bright spirit. And I have never seen a pink bottlebrush before, so that was a new joy. My thanks for all the new joys here today.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      smiling to your kind words, blossoming Jet!
      looking at those flowers
      words just wrote themselves.
      And you’ll find them & many more
      nearby in the SF botanical garden.
      we visited there last week when we
      went to the SF symphony in the evening.
      a special time to experience blooms in the park. happy mothers day ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Annika Perry

    Wow, David! The peace and tranquility of your poem have soothed my busy mind, focussing it on these transient beautiful flowers. Your reflections as always delve to the very essence of life and when I look at flowers now I will be reminded of your words. I started to copy and save some lines here and there but then each spoke so purely and full of truth so now I’ve saved the whole poem for me to look at again. Thank you so much for sharing – the photos a visual delight and celebration of the wonders of nature. I’m smiling…

    1. smilecalm Post author

      you’re a kind, articulate blossom, Annika!
      looking at those images while in the park
      inspired words that just flowed out.
      i’m touched that you saved them.
      perhaps there’s a flower nearby
      that is awaiting some attention ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Annika Perry

        Well, I received a huge bouquet of lilies from the neighbours as a thank you for looking after their cat. It’s been wonderful to look at the buds gradually open until now in full bloom. Breathtaking….very strong scent however!

  11. ashiftinconsciousness


    I have the album “Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants” on cassette and CD. I’ve had the cassette since the 1980s. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was blown away when I learned a few years ago that it was the soundtrack to a movie. Then, I was blown away again when I learned the movie was based upon a book by an author I’ve enjoyed very much in the past – Peter Tompkins. Then I was completely blown away when I learned that Peter Tompkins wasn’t just a journalist and author, he supposedly was a “spy” in the OSS during WWII. Crazy, huh? ๐Ÿ˜†

    Thanks. Great post.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for sharing your relationship with the album, movie & author! i was unaware of those details regarding Tompkins. I remember seeing the movie in the mid-80’s. having the recording on cassette goes way back! i still have the album, bought when it came out in ’79. The strong flower scent long-gone. I really enjoyed it at the time. But many were disappointed with this album as a follow up to the incredible “songs in the key of life”. i’m glad we were able to enjoy this song again as an accompaniment to a post on trust. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. smilecalm Post author

      happy to share these flower
      of trust with you, Alison!
      may you, and all others
      blossom to their true Spring potential, david ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. smilecalm Post author

      yes, i appreciate that sentiment, dear Michele!
      sometimes funny to remember that we are nature, despite the actions which undermine our existence. breathing in, may we enjoy that calm in breath ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Ka Malana -

    Offering forgiveness to myself, too, David.
    Your poem is so beautiful and it reminds me of
    How we affect the lives of those around us all the time
    For better or for worse, or in sameness, or not at all –
    ~regardless of our aims~
    And in this is our life making and weaving with all of its
    Edges, snags, loops, and waves, perfectionless perfection.

    Meditating on flowers, in simple observation, I am reminded
    That I, too, like you, am a flower. Let us be.

  13. Aquileana

    Such beautiful flowers! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค Love the poems alongside them …
    And the quote at the beginning of the post… So true!… thank you…
    Sending love & best wishes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. M.C. Infinite

    That was extremely deep. Flowers as you say do have that tendency to be smiled at and adored with no reason in particularly other then their natural beauty. But no flower is alike or the same. Each one has a unique beauty of its own. Sort of like us. We are all different but we each have an irreplaceable light and beauty. I also really liked how you kept the theme of zen. One where it doesn’t matter what other think of us nor what we may think others may think of of. I wouldn’t call it indifference but more like being at peace with ourselves, our lives, and our surroundings. A calm of contentment per say. I think flowers are very much like that. Although adored for their beauty they really are not vain and so I believe you described it very well with ” a flower has no reason to lose trust”. But the lines above it really struck me, as it very true. Our time here is so brief. It’s something we must treasure and not waste, No matter what our past, present or future was, is or holds. Our experiences good and bad all have their value and worth. So why waste it focusing on momentary pain that in the outcome will help us grow/heal. This again was another fantastic piece. And the photography is just as breath taking๐Ÿ˜. I especially loved the one of the yellow blossoms up in the tree topโค๏ธ

  15. samba2017

    This is a wonderful poem and post which I can really relate to. A reminder to never be complacent about the generous spirit of nature which shines out loud from these flowers!


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