Hidden Beauty

Hidden Beauty
You will find treasures there
In the bosom of a rose—In a tulip’s heart
Inside the flesh of a lily, a trillium, an iris,
A zinnia, all bound up
Treasures finer than pure gold
 Like gemstones
Nestled among velvet wrappings
 Hidden deep inside until
The sky’s heat-lamp warms it;
Rain caresses, 
Coaxes petals back;
 Colors some out to sing
The real flower is unearthed.
People rush along—hurry—hidden
Swallowed by coats and sweaters;
Fleeing a critical world,
Protecting their hearts,
Shielding their souls,
Then the light dawns—Jesus!
He shines more and more
He comes with peace that heals
Deep wounds.
Soft rain of truth 
Wonderful light of His face
Warms and beautifies
Layers fall back
Petals unfold—showing true selves
Authentic—open and honest
Smiling back at the world once more;
Precious as the day
He made them.



© 2014 by Elece Hollis, author of  A Celebration of Family with Helen Steiner Rice   http://bit.ly/1m7uCeK

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