The Flower Still – A Poem

Via Tom Grasso (Gyandeva)
on Aug 15, 2011
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I don’t seek to be your lover,
I seek to be your way,
To realize the Love within you,
To see the sunrise, to see the sunset,
To be the clouds on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

I have hurt you a thousand times,
So that you could release your own suffering,
Drop it in the pool of Life,
And let it sink into the abyss,
Never to be seen again, yet never gone for good.

You are a Flower,
Powerful in beauty yet delicate to touch,
You bask equally in the Sun and the Rain,
When you are fully bloomed,
You brighten the world with you.

A Flower does not bloom,
Until first it has been tortured with Life,
It must face death to know Life,
It must face itself to know its Self,
And then open Itself to the world.

It’s thorns protect it from many predators,
While It’s beauty inspires them to peace,
It does not protect Itself to continue to live,
It protects Itself so that it may create unending harmony,
And bless us with Its sweet fragrance.

A Flower does not realize Its power,
A Flower cannot see Its beauty,
A Flower cannot understand Its own importance,
A Flower simply breaks through the ground,
And sits still awaiting Its purpose realized.

When you are open my dear Flower,
My heart is filled with unending Joy,
When you are closed,
I focus on the thorns that protect you,
And the drops of blood that rain from my needy hand.

You are You,
Radiance that steals the breath from my soul,
Fragrance that gives pause to my senses,
And beauty that gives purpose to my eyes,
While giving form to the path I am on.

You are here in the Now,
Do I pot you and carry you where I may go?
Or do I sit in silence and just be with you?
I pray your roots are where my feet may touch the Earth,
Allowing our eternal dance of Love.

Flower be still!
Even as you move where the winds of mind may take you,
Do not let those breezes effect the Knowing,
Just allow them to carry the Fragrance of the Love you know,
So that others may know it too.

Be truthful in your repose,
And be humble in your return,
Do not cater to the voices in your head,
But feel the voices in your heart,
And let them out in silent harmony.

Be like the Flower still,
Do not speak your truth, Be your truth,
Do not speak your love, Be your Love,
Do not love yourself, But Love your Self,
A Flower does not speak about its beauty to the world.

Fold upon your Self,
So that you may bloom another day!
Share your Self with the Universe,
For the Love that you release is eternal,
As every part of the Universe shares your sweet nectar.

Now we move, and sing the song we feel,
In Love we share this moment realized,
And in passing we have created an eternity,
You are now me, and I am now you,
In blessing the Flower still.


About Tom Grasso (Gyandeva)

Tom Grasso is a Colorado-based seeker, meditator, blogger (new site), and creative wordsmith. More importantly, he is a father of three (meaning he is also a lecturer, teacher, chef, order taker, taxi driver, coach, mentor and aspirin addict) and has found great joy in sharing his life experience to the benefit of others. Tom is an abuse survivor and a reformed (though unapologetic) bad ass warrior who bares the scars of his adventures and the power of transformation in every word he writes. As a former firefighter and rescue tech, Tom understands the fragility of life and the impermanence of each moment. You can follow Tom on Tumblr , and can find his books on Amazon. You will soon be able to purchase Tom's short stories (and erotica) at Don't forget to like his "blog page" at Tom Grasso, Writer on Facebook.  


15 Responses to “The Flower Still – A Poem”

  1. eve says:

    I wish I had the perfect words to express in regards to this poem.I can only say,thank you.It truly is beautiful and pure.

  2. Martha says:

    love – good job …

  3. tanya lee markul says:

    So lovely! I love Elephant Yoga poetry! Seems like yourself, Temple Symonds ands Dylan Barmmer are our official poets! 🙂 🙂

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  4. tomgrasso says:

    Thanks Martha. 🙂

  5. tomgrasso says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  6. SharonT says:

    Simply beautiful – thank you

  7. tomgrasso says:

    Peace Sharon. It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself!!! 🙂

  8. Julie says:

    Good poetry is difficult to construct, but you've done it. I'm sure it means something different than it does to me, and to someone else who reads it – but I think most can agree that it feels like the interconnectedness of us all. And more. Thanks, Tom. I had to read it three times to begin to get a handle – which is what you have to do with all quality work. Appreciated.

  9. Samira says:

    Love it and sharing

  10. Thank you, Tom. Lovely! peace, ~T

  11. tomgrasso says:

    I am glad you had this response Julie. I have been given several different meanings by several different people and I agree with all of them. I know what was in me when I wrote it, but that doesn't mean that is what the poem was about.

    Peace, and thank you!

  12. tomgrasso says:

    Wow! Thank you so much!

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