The solar winds beat rhythmically
on the Ozone layer
- that thin membrane of a drum
stretched tautly around our planet
- to awaken the slumbering flora.
A cluster of California Poppies
is answering the music of the sunrise’s faint rays.
First, their etheric bodies begin to pirouette,
enticing the four golden petals to unwrap themselves,
and open their mouths
to sing their morning Matins,
in memory of the resurrection
of the Sun of God
of the Son of God.
The sun is dipping in the West.
It will bathe in the soothing waters
of the Pacific Ocean
to cool its fevered brow.
And so, the poppies
begin to re-wrap themselves
against the evening chill.
Huddling in the warmth of a self-embrace,
they settle in,
to dream of tomorrow.
But, first, Evensong,
their Gregorian chant,
under the baton of a whirling-Dervish breeze,
praising God for the day just spent.
As mystic, God-enfleshed monks,
the poppies travel through the Astral realms
visiting their soul-selves,
storing the memories of the day
in the Akashic Hall of Records;
and consulting with their mentors
about tomorrow’s mission.
Tír na nÓg
Fr. Seán ÓLaoire, PhD