An Examination of Lilies

An Examination of Lilies
An Examination of Lilies

An Examination of Lilies


These fresh bought Easter Lilies will perfume

on bookshelf changed to altar by the light

one large pink shaded petal leans to right

amongst another case in living room.

How blest in my opinion yet unread

a pilgrimage to the ancient garden

embraced by mummified Tutankhamen

these flower stories that remain unsaid.

The want of vain dew today your pity

on shore of Smith River California

where crops provide the world with Pink Lily.

Each flower bought to fill Holy City

engulfed in flame led by Santa Anna

what flowers will adorn old Chantilly?


A blue Water Lily along the Nile

ones carried to the Pharaoh everyday

each blossom engraved onto local clay

adorn these walls of ancient kitchen tile.

To drink the venom from a spider’s eye

and lose yourself again to altered sight

a momentary loss of will to fight

and hide behind the flowers bloom a sigh.

A strong feeling that an ill planet reigns

a time when seasons full of flowers fail

as crops to thrive on soil, never again.

An altar without its leavened bread grains

no flowers to absorb our mournful wail

an Easter Lily alone in a bin.


A bloom from the first flower of Adam

will find itself in trash can by the wall

to bring back Spring for seconds before Fall

remove the treasured blooms of Aladdin.

They speak to me hard as if a baby

their odor and their color play their parts

now upside down to dry like broken hearts

White Lily a seasoned leading lady.

Such a sad tale of Spirits and Goblins

unfold in Psyche as the flowers wilt

as definitions of beauty are lost.

When cultures lose the nectar for Robins

will congregation notice change of tilt

from beauty to mundane but at what cost?

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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