Lessons from the Lupin Lady

Blue, purple, and white stems
Tall and narrow skyscrapers
Swaying in the sea breeze
And happily bloom as evidence
That the world is beautiful

Travel the seas and skies
Reach for the depths
And reach for the stars
Learn of nature, people, and cultures
Live the trials and tribulations

When you’re ready to come home
And know what home is
And what home is worth
Nurture a family your own
A legacy to live on after you

But that is not all you must do
You must make the world beautiful too
With words, art, or planted flowers
Like the Lupin Lady on the hill
Rest only when this third thing is done.

My thoughts and inspiration:

When I think about what lesson to give to the world, I always feel too young. I feel myself reflecting on the lessons others before me have passed on. This poem was inspired by a children’s book called Miss Rumphius that is inspired by a real person.

“That is all very well, little Alice,” says the grandfather,” but there is a third thing you must do. You must do something to make the world more beautiful.”

Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney

Written for July 2020 Prompt Prose.com

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