A fragrant trip down Memory Lane

Today I received the sweetest gift
from back East

a stem of lilacs

weary from the 2,500 mile trip

looking sad and wilted.

Several stems of Lilly of The Valley
were included but did not make it,

although a few stems had tiny roots

...so in a glass of water they go

with a wish ****

that some magic will take place.

Now do not be deceived by looks

of the lilacs..

because the heavenly, 
sweet fragrance...

remains.
Every second I can today

I close my eyes and take a deep breath in

and I am back in Connecticut

walking barefoot on the cool grass

 after dinner is finished

and just before dark.. 

towards the row of lilac bushes...
while the robins call to each other

in that 'end of day' way that they do..

and I am gathering armfuls 

of light and dark purple

to bring inside...

to perfume the house
.....and our lives.






6 comments:

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Rella, Lilacs and Lily of the valley are two of my favorite smells of spring. Mine has not bloomed yet. I am sorry that they did not make it. But I am sure they still smell sweet. Did you see Princess Kate's flowers, they were Lily of the valley, so beautiful, they had to be shipped in, probably from the US. Have a wonderful week Rella. Hugs, Terri

Suz said...

So touching, Rella. Thank you so much by your very reassuring note on my blog. I just pray that that is the case.
So grateful for your help!
Suz

debi said...

I can almost smell the lilacs. That is one of the most beautiful scents.

Enjoy your trip!

Terri said...

Oh Rella, I am right there with you gathering those lilacs! I have similar dreams and remembrances that the smell of lilac returns to me!
There is something so otherworldly about the smell of Lilacs, Lilly of the Valley and Violets. To me, they are precious gifts of the Earth.
Hugs,
Terri

Marianne C. said...

Rella, how poetically lovely! I was with you there in my mind's eye.

When I was a young girl growing up in New Jersey there were Lily of the Valleys in everyone's yard growing wild. Taken for granted then, I do wish now I could experience them.
I do hope your rooted stems take pleasure in new growth.

Have a lovely day,
Marianne xo

Katsui Jewelry said...

Hi Rella,
I forgot to tell you that I think the shaking is very significant. My dogs do it when they are tring to tell me something, I swear!!!
Hugs,
Suz