“The Flower that Smiles Today”

The flower that smiles to-day

To-morrow dies;

All that we wish to stay

Tempts and then flies.

What is this world’s delight?

Lightning that mocks the night,

Brief even as bright.*

 

*This is the first stanza of The Flower that Smiles Today by Percy Shelley, one of my favourite poems. Read the entire poem and a brief analysis here.

And a favourite quote:

“Man’s life is brief and transitory, Literature endures forever.”

― Rory Stewart, The Places in Between

Flowers of primary colours: travel theme by wheresmybackpack.com

Photos: jenniferkellandperry.com

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24 thoughts on ““The Flower that Smiles Today”

  1. Stunning poem sounds a little like Shakespeare to me I feel like I have heard it or read it somewhere Jennifer and the message is clear life, love and everything is but for a short while. I intend to soak it up and enjoy every moment as do you.

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