• lenten journal: among the wildflowers

    by  • March 28, 2019 • hope, lenten journal, poetry • 4 Comments

    I am fortunate to be driving across Texas just as the bluebonnets are blooming. Here’s where they took me.

    among the wildflowers

    the old pickup rolled to a stop
    on the shoulder of the two-lane road

    the gravel spoke underneath
    the worn boots of the workmen

    who walked to the front of the truck
    that was sending sighs of steam

    into the early spring morning
    of a not very good day

    two of them stood and stared at
    the smoking engine as though

    they could change something
    the other walked to the edge

    of the field of wildflowers
    “Jesús, what are you doing?”

    “look at the bluebonnets,” he said,
    “they only last a couple of weeks

    but they do more than just survive
    they spend their little lives for beauty.”

    one of the others was on the phone
    the other was digging for tools

    they weren’t listening to the man
    as he stepped across the ditch

    and laid down among the blooms
    “gracias,” he said, “gracias.”


    PS—How could I not include this song? The Wailin’ Jennys do a wonderful cover of Tom Petty’s classic.


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    4 Responses to lenten journal: among the wildflowers

    1. March 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      It is indeed an awesome time to be in Texas among all the wildflowers.

    2. Judith Zaccaria
      March 28, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      Gracias and gracias for that wonderful image of the man lying in the bluebonnets. They are a sight to lift us to heaven!

    3. Susan Row
      March 29, 2019 at 10:44 am

      This made my morning. As I watch another blanket of snow falling, it makes me long to be lying in the bluebonnets. There is always something for which we can utter “gracias.” Thank you, Milton.

    4. Lora Lee
      March 29, 2019 at 7:03 pm

      I’ve been driving through the hill country and enjoying their brilliant beauty. Beautiful poem, Milton!

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