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Yard Lily
Michael Escoubas


With all the vitriol
that is going around
invective voices
inflicting pain,
I set out to find
just one pure thing
one thing generous and kind.

There, rising discreetly
in a cloak of green
swaying in dawn’s light wind
a backyard perfection
a blend of summer and sun
and wheat drying in fields
and the meadowlark’s lemon breast
delicate petals drenched
in evening’s orange glow.

Small perfections
held in the palm of the mind
as if nature herself
is a healing balm
offered to the searching spirit

© by Michael Escoubas.
Used with the author's permission


Photo credit: Michael Escoubas




Michael Escoubas began writing poetry for publication in August of 2013, after retiring from a 48-year-career in the printing industry. He writes poetry because, early in life, his mother encouraged him. Michael also writes poetry because he believes poetry brings people together and that poets are menders of broken things. He is the author of six collections; the most recent is Ripples Into the Light, a collection partnered with photographs by Vandana Bajikar and designed to “rest the soul and calm the spirit.” Michael is Senior Editor and Book Reviewer at Quill and Parchment, an online poetry journal. He lives in Illinois.


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This lovely poem conveys an appealing message bout the peace and joy to be found in nature.
Posted 07/27/2022 10:19 PM
Posted 07/27/2022 08:30 PM
Michael, your poem helps me today in receiving one beautiful significance in my daily life. We, too, have day lilies that wave in warm wind, day by day.
Posted 07/27/2022 07:20 PM
Wilda Morris:
"Small perfections." A beautiful poem, Michael.
Posted 07/27/2022 06:48 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
Well said, Michael. Some wonderful images like: "Small perfection held in the palm of the mind"... Your poem becomes that "one pure thing, one thing generous and kind" for all of us today!
Posted 07/27/2022 12:27 PM
Susan Moss: Hopeful and soothing poem, Michael. The imagery and accessibility are well done.
Posted 07/27/2022 11:49 AM
Joan Luther:
Posted 07/27/2022 11:31 AM
Lovely. I especially like Small perfections held in the palm of the mind. You take us to the healing balm of naturein our own back yard. Thank you, Michael.
Posted 07/27/2022 10:34 AM
Lori Levy:
The depiction of that one pure thing is beautiful. I especially like the second stanza.
Posted 07/27/2022 10:31 AM
Posted 07/27/2022 09:29 AM
Jan Chronister:
I totally love this! Thanks for the reminder to go out and look at my lilies. "Healing balm"-so true.
Posted 07/27/2022 09:29 AM
Larry Schug:
I like the feeling of going on a quest in the first stanza as well as the description, "the meadowlark's lemon breast".
Posted 07/27/2022 07:14 AM

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