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Wild Easter Lilies
by Regis Auffray
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Photo by Regis (moi). The wild Easter lily is also known as the white fawn lily. It grows around these parts but it is not that common.



Wild Easter Lilies

Under their quilt of fallen frozen leaves, 
The lilies of spring sleep.
The winter's touch is deep;
The woods are dead and silent.
 
In the glacial distant sky,
Ghostly northern lights
Silently wax and wane
Spectres seeking a peaceful resting site.
 
Even the owl is silent
On this night at outer edge of winter.
 
And yet,
Listen!
 
A precocious frog attempts a fragile, weakened call.
 
Ah, spring is still alive and it is waking!
 
Soon the wild Easter lilies of these peaceful, quiet woods
Will emerge from damp and pungent forest floor.
Their dappled leaves like backs of fawns
Will slowly rise from their refuge and grace the woodland clearing.
 
Their blooms will burst forth to adorn
An emerald carpet of reawakening moss.
They'll pleasantly startle any who walk upon the path,
When coming around a bend,
These face a sudden host of white:
Wild Easter lilies, their heads bowing gently,
Swaying in a prayer of thanks
Among the columns of their forest temple,
Tranquil in the muted presence of filtered spring sunlight.
 
Oh God, I pray that I will see the lilies one more time!


 

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March 2005
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Reviewed by lois christensen
Easter Lily white for Purity, in my way of thinking, Easter Time of renewal for all who want it,
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
Regis,
Wonderful imagery and word choice in this poem! Love it, from beginning to end. Hugs~
Sheila
Reviewed by Janet Bellinger
Wild Easter Lillies conveys the magnificence of coming upon these flowers, in the woods, regeneration and all the good things about spring.

Jaent
Reviewed by Seth Mullins (Reader)
Not much I can add to what's already been offered in praise of this one. Simply beautiful.
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang
How majestic! Just Beautiful
descriptions!
Love,
Becca P (Henry) Lang
Reviewed by Denise Edwards
Baeitufl, Regis! You have such a way with words, the way you describe nature in such eloquant detail!
Reviewed by Henry Stevens
"Their dappled leaves like backs of fawns" is my favorite line because it identifies the author as a fellow woods walker. Where I used to walk in Vermont we had a wild orchid, called a Lady's Slipper. A beautiful presentation of picture and poem and thought. Henry
Reviewed by Samuel Stone
Regis,
Excellent poem it flows with a natural beauty and style...congratulations on a work of art...
Sam
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray
absolutely stunning!both poem and photo
Reviewed by Sandra Corona
Beautiful, Regis, both photography and poems. Miss the posts of the view from your window :) ...
Be happy, stay well :)!
:)Sandy
Reviewed by Pamela Kimmell
Beautiful photography AND words here Regis.
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris
Regis,

Your talented surpasses. What a gorgeous photo. A perfect compliment to the sentiment of your words.

Cynthia
Reviewed by Safi aifas32@gmail.com
<Oh God, I pray that I will see the lilies one more time!>

A very special prayer, Regis. Beautiful feelings expressed in this poem, picture is great. Thank you!

Safi
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine
Very moving. R
Reviewed by M Flack
As always. A beautiful write. I especially like these lines...

Swaying in a prayer of thanks
Among the columns of their forest temple,
Tranquil in the muted presence of filtered spring sunlight.

Very calming and reverent...
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
You see them again Regis, great poem to bring in the warm weather. G
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson
May you see and enjoy them and write of nature's beauty, many more times! Well done, regis.
Reviewed by Jane Rodway
Thsi is lovely, it is almost like prose rather than poetry. Wonderful springtime images here, you can tell you have a love for nature:)
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain
Regis,

Great picture; a poem that is superbly crafted and written ... wonderful!!

Blessings,

Robert
Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop
fabulous writing it grew & grew whilst retaining an absolute simplicity of theme from the outset in a most extraordinary way saludos
Reviewed by Henry Lefevre
I really liked your poem -- and loved your graphic. Great photography.

Hank
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
The lightness of touch and eye of the skilled photographer speak here, Regis. This is a feast for all the senses and lives with the spirit of resurgent hope and breakthrough longing that Easter typifies. No wonder your inner beauty has translated into such stunning progeny... they are alight with the gifts you have given them, like your poetry to us here. TY and Bless you, Regis. Kate xx
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson
<A precocious frog attempts a fragile, weakened call.>
such a wonderful line!!! and so good to read this after an Easter Sunday that has quite literally flooded my backyard and managed to create a leak in the roof. Yikes. also... you have the most beautiful children, just happened to click on your home page for first time in a long time. I'm back, but I'm still taking some downtime. Take care. Hope to read more of you soon.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader)
Reg,
This takes me on a peaceful, tranquil, romantic, floating journey through the beauty of the earth. Lifting and rising all the senses and feelings of my soul and mind to almost a state of weightlessness.
The true beauty of Spring, life, the world.

and yet Listen!
A precocious frog attempts a weakened fragile call
An emerald carpet of awakening moss
Wild Easter lilies their heads bowing gently
Swaying in prayer of thanks.

Such Eloquence and Beauty. Absolutely Gorgeous.

Merci.
Traceyxo

Many hosts of white you will see.



Reviewed by Bob Holt (Reader)
I really appreciate this seasonal transition, because winter has been lingering in the east for a bit too long. Thanks for a good one.

Bob H
Reviewed by Sandi Schraut
Having grown up in Minnesota, and enduring long winters that nearly defeat the hope of spring, I am always surprised at the spring flowers. This poem is like a breath of that spring surprise , Lovely, Regis Thanks for sharing, Sandi
Reviewed by Franz Kessler
Imagery is truely wonderful here. But more than that, you touch on the cycle of life and your thankfulness of being alive. I deeply enjoyed this poem. Best regards, franz
Reviewed by George Carroll
Love the imagery in this beautiful poem heralding the coming of spring. My daughter brought me a great big Easter Lily plant and it is gracing our festive table this very day.. Happy Easter, I don't know how I missed this gem of a write earlier.
Reviewed by Elaine Carey
Imagery is all about awakening--evocative and lovely wording!
Reviewed by Chanti Niven
Dear Regis,
Such exquisite imagery and depiction of deep longing threaded through each word. I especially loved the words 'dappled leaves like backs of fawns' You write with such SOUL and you touch all who read.
With love and continued admiration
Chanti
Reviewed by jude forese
beautiful poetry ... the imagery is pleasing to the eye as well as the soul ...
Reviewed by M. B.
Regis, you capture the essence of spring beautifully, thank you for writing so eloquently.

~ Mari
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson
Oh i loved this and the picture
what a wonderful feeling this brings

enjoyed much
Reviewed by Judith Pleasant
Hi Regis,
Your prayer will be answered. You will see the Lilies many many times again. Wonderful write.
You should be happy, your kids are beautiful. You accompolished yor reason for happiness.
Love and Blessings,
Judith
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott
Your words and the picture are exquisite, Regis!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Regis,

Your words weave imagery as brilliantly as the ghostly Northern Lights--I was mesmerized by the beauty and power of your pen! Thank you, mon ami, for the smile on my face at this moment--

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Carole Mathys
Your beautiful words Regis, allow the reader to see with your eyes...BRAVO

Easter blessings to you and yours,
Carole
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle
This reminds me somewhat of Poe's suspensefulness and Kilmer's nature-like writings. Beautiful poem, Regis and perfectly suited for Easter weekend.
Take care,
Jill
Reviewed by Joel Raja Kumar J
Very beautiful, imagery, Regis, you transport the reader to the wilderness where the greenary is tells of spring and we see the flower blossom before our very eyes. You just let your imagination fly and it ends up in creative treasure.

Love from India - Joel -
Reviewed by Dale Clark
Beautiful! I do also hope and pray
to see them again. Everyday we must
be grateful for the beauty around us.
It's very fragile and precious.
Thanks Regis, great message and an
excellent poem.
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
I pray that you will see them and that you will come here to share a few snapshots. I've never seen these wild ones but now that I have...I can smell them as well....feel their baby fine hairs that catch the dew. This poem is lovely and the picture gives us all more pleasure this morning. Your poem is the true gift for the future.
Thank you,
Susan
Reviewed by Christy French
Just beautiful and so eloquent - your descriptive is amazing. Not only are you a talented poet, but photographer, as well. Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Helen Downey
Abeautiful picture you have painted.
Happy Easter R.A.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers
Regis, Not only is this a beautiful tribute to Spring, but also to the Easter Lily and the excitement of new life.
That photo is gorgeous, to match your poetry.
Happy Easter Regis!

Lisa
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
A truly magnificent Ode to Spring, Regis - and I truly enjoyed this.
Reviewed by Paul Williams
I hope you do too Regis, this is a beautiful write.

Paul;-]
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
I wish to see them too, especially after this poem, and to see them with the northern lights in the sky, a dream I have had throughout life..."SOMEDAY"! Enjoy to see Nature writes from you as you have your own window on the world flora and fauna as it were...Ed
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Regis this exquisite poem is a feast for the senses!
Thank you for sharing this beautiful gem! Happy Easter!

etw
Reviewed by Anniemoh Ohio
Simply beautiful. Both in imagery and in message.
Reviewed by Regina Pounds
Simply beautiful, Regis...thank you for the picture and the words, and may your prayer be granted many times over.

Happy Easter
Gina
Reviewed by Pier Tyler
Just as these wild easter lilies spring forth, it is that way with love. For sure it will spring forth just as rare. This is a splendid write.
Reviewed by Karen Chalfant (Reader)
Beautiful, Regis! You really bring it to life. Great picture too!
Reviewed by Tiana ~ (Reader)
Beautiful imagery, Regis! A wonderfully written poem ...
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
Regis, your portrayal here of the coming spring, the forest floor and its dampness was so vivid that I could smell the decay of the leaves in which the life of spring abides..beautiful poem and prayers of health, peace of mind and confirmation of well being to you in every way.

Allen
Reviewed by Amber P.
You speak about the rarety of these flowers, the wildness and bounty of the forest. You are quite a bounty yourself, and your beautiful words spread like wildfire - to those who read them.

My prayers are united with yours...
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch
This to me is what religion should be all about, our connection to the rest of the universe, and to our ancestors who first were awed by its forces. I loke the photo too. It's a good one. You really have a strong connection etween the visual and verbal. From one who just stepped out of her darkroom: you ought to pick up a camera more often.
Reviewed by F William Broome
Regis - You surely did something right on this one. I don't recall having read so many entusiastic responses to one poem. Good going there, good friend. I second every word said before mine. This one is flawless with a streak of love for nature and mankind - the whole woods wide! - Bill
Reviewed by Ann Marquette
beautiful Regis, and the photo is awesome

May you have a Blessed and Beautiful Easter.

ann
Reviewed by SilverCeltic Moon
I really liked this one. I bought a potted Lily for my mom for Easter (we're traveling down to see her tomorrow)...and I have been in bliss every since just smelling the exotic and wonderful fragrance of the lily. I want one now! ;) Great poem with lovely images. :) Silver

PS: I agree...I think we are inspired by the same muse. ;)
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
nicely done, lovely photo
Reviewed by Barbara Terry
A very nice and beautiful poem Regis. I liked this very much. And, what I wouldn't give for just one more look at the Aurora Borealis. When I was living in Calumet, Michigan, we could see the tail end of the Northern Lights. They were spectacular, even from outside the town limits of Calumet. May the Lord Jesus bless you and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & (((((((((MANY, MANY HUGGGGSSSSS))))))))), Barbie

"If I have to...Then I may as well be.
Reviewed by Aberjhani
The blossom of this poem opens like an inspiring revelation, which of course it is, and fills the reader with renewed appreciation for things both simple and rare.
Reviewed by John Bidwell
I happened to have a CD playing called "Woodland Mists" as I turned to your poem.
You let us see it with your pictures, feel it with your words.
Only my nose is still hungry for what must be there.
Excellant Regis, as always.
John
Reviewed by john zimmerman
a very painterly description of
an annual miracle - - -

long may you enjoy them!

good write!

john+
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
You Better Beleve Pray That You Will See The Lilies One More Time,i.e.
Millions Take It For Granted See Tulips Weeds Growing on There Graves
In The MOURNING...

Excellent...

Your Friend,TRASK
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
I pray you do too, Regis. This poem is exceptional in both imagery, language choice, tone, and flow. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Jennifer Ragan (Reader)

Eloquently written and appreciated...

Jennifer
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
This is awesome....godly beautiful Regis!!

As pure as your beautiful Self!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
What beauty this duet brings: the photo and the poem. Moreso, the wonderful, tranquil feeling it gives me when reading. May you view the lillies many more times!

Micke
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
On this night at outer edge of winter.

Way to go. Such a joy to read. You have been inspiried here. As have I...Brilliance....
Reviewed by Emeka Nwogu
Regis, I like this one. Happy Easter.

Emeka
Reviewed by Michelle Mills
What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful heart one must possess to write such a poem...Much love, Michelle
Reviewed by George Jackson
A great write.
Reviewed by Patrick McCormick
Beautiful Poem Regis. Thank you for sharing it and a very Happy Easter season to you.

Pat.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
This was a damned good poem, Mr. Auffray. The passion you feel within you was translated throughout your poem, and, as it ended with a resounding cresendo of a mortals plaintive prayer of survival, the poemm is complete.
Reviewed by Sarah Tagert
Regis,
I have never seen a better showcase of your talent for words. This poem is amazing. I could not have penned it better myself!
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight* Authors & Creations
Eyes that see and capture such beauty to so generously release its form in a magnificent chant portraying and honouring its spirit... are eyes that will, indeed, see the Lillies infinitely, because they perceive eternal rebirth. I feel humbled at the pure beauty visually and poetically flowing from this masterpiece, dear Regis.
Love&Light*
Alexandra*
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*
My Dear Friend Regis,

I love photography and I have to say that this is one of the most inspiring images I've seen and I truly wish that I had been the one to click the shutter and capture this spectacular moment in time. It looks like a pastel painting. You have a gift, my friend!

I also need to say that your poem is a perfect complement to the picture and I have to wonder which came first, the photo or the poem. In any case, I really admire what you have created and shared with us here.

Love, Light, Joy & Creativity,
Joseph

Reviewed by Sandie Angel
This imagery is sooo wonderful and so well-written. Regis, I applaud this.

Sandie Angel a.k.a. Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Handsum Hart
The beauty of a flower, wrapped up in a poem.

Happy Easter
Reviewed by L. Figgins
Thank you, Regis. This poem is as beautiful as the wild Easter lily you describe. They open wide to the sun, and then in the weight of their glory and praise, they bow down in a meditation of thanks. I pray with you, unceasingly...
Reviewed by Huda Orfali
Regis, you will see the lilies for many years to come and we will enjoy the beauty of your poetry.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem, it is so beautiful, sweet and touches the feelings. Happy Easter
Love and peace
Huda
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
This is a beautiful nature write that touches me deeply. Love the photo.
Reviewed by A PAX
beautiful word pictures :)

They'll pleasantly startle any who walk upon the path,
When coming around a bend,
These face a sudden host of white:


Reviewed by Felix Perry
I agree with Karen this is a magnificent write and offers hope of springs renewal.

Felix
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
c'est magnifique, mon ami! bravo!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D

thanks for this beautiful reminder!
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