The Lily Corm
by Helen Mecagni
I dug the lily corm today.
Being fully entangled in the byways of the underground,
It did not come up easily.
When I finally eased and teased the white body
Away from its girdle of earth,
I saw just how fragile and perfect it was.
Formed around the top like a lizard green crown were at least fifty cormlets
Poised for next year.
For an instant I wondered why it bothered to live,
To grow, to prepare for the future, to be beautiful.
In the next instant I knew the answer.
Love. The universe loves this lily corm.
And holding the glowing, chilly orb in my dirty hands,
I knew I didn't now, nor would i ever
Need religion or the stock market or pills; because i had something greater.
I had seen, felt , and held in my hands
The love of the universe.
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 (NIV)