one flower

Galanthus, milkflower, snowdrop, never having met, I judge you by hearsay and your names. Maybe I’m meant to take you as a symbol, but I hope you don’t mind that I anthropomorphize you, too.

To a Snow-drop

— by William Wordsworth

Lone Flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they But hardier far, once more I see thee bend Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend, Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day, Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay The rising sun, and on the plains descend; Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue-eyed May Shall soon behold this border thickly set With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing On the soft West-wind and his frolic peers; Nor will I then thy modest grace forget, Chaste Snow-drop, venturous harbinger of Spring, And pensive monitor of fleeting years!