Common Star-of-Bethlehem · Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Common Star-of-Bethlehem

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by Brita Alaburda

Your infant breath still fresh
from nourish
seen
in your milky sheen

you of Bethlehem

descended in seed,
sequestered
humbled
     in the crumble

of mother earth
was some of your destiny,
but here, yet, another part –
your bloom!
You come above
black earthen bed,
point to sheer living by sincere
starrish-spread,

spout in tender arches of white 

you, tiny bright,
are anything      but common

our eye
accepts

not a sprinkle
of color vivid
but an immersion
of hue mild,

to saturate the black drought
of the center palette,

cleanse the pupil

to glean stark vibrance,

for our visual taste wants
for something unblemished

worthy to savor,

to see – a wonderment
of one of the constellate,
find purity in your plasma
petals,

kneel low
we reach for you

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