Desert Flower

Flowers mentioned in the Old Testament have often been used as images of Jesus. “Lily of the valley” and ”the rose of Sharon” come to mind. I haven’t done an in depth study on seeing Christ in the flora of the Bible. But I’m sure it would be interesting. Below is a poem I wrote about 20 years ago in which I see the cross in a flower.

Desert Flower 

A stigma marks its center. 

Tipped by piercing red, 
each petal is stretched 
in the agony of full-bloom. 

Dew rolls off 
into empty space, 
like sweat 
or a tear-drop, 
and splashes 
on the stony, 
bony ground. 

Impaled on its own stem, 
it arches like a man on the rack 
and shudders in the sun 


6 Comments Add yours

    1. mrteague says:

      I appreciate it, Pamela. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    1. mrteague says:

      Thank you, Matt!

  1. Dennis M Patrick says:

    If this is what you were writing 20 years ago, imagine what you will be doing in 2022!!

    1. mrteague says:

      Thanks! I guess we’ll find out 😉

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