The Shy Flower

the flower was afraid
the sun wouldn’t shine on it
so it kept its head down
for fear of looking at the sky
as it would be so terribly embarrassing
to be seen gazing expectantly
at a sky above its station
so it pretended to examine the ground

time passed and the sun
rode its chariot across the sky
many, many times
but the flower only grew more recalcitrant
“I don’t know how to arrange my petals”
the flower reflected
and so neglected simple practice
“I’m so awkward,” thought the flower
which yet could hardly be distinguished
from any other flower

finally, one day the flower
could no longer resist the impulse
to look to the sky, and so it did
and all at once the sun and sky
were incredibly beautiful,
and as dew welled up like tears
on the flower’s face, a bumblebee
alighted there and said, “Good morn'”
the flower sniffed, “Yes, it is
the first time I ever looked up.”

the bumblebee floated about
imbibing its share of nectar
and the flower thanked the bee
for the company while lamenting
that so many days had gone by
that it never faced the sun and sky,
but the bumblebee, finishing up,
thanked the flower for its nectar
and before it flew away it said,
“But you are looking at the sun today.”

Photo by Michelle Reeves on

Published by Miles of Mindfulness

My name is Mike Bragg. I'm a Denver-based cycling enthusiast and a big advocate of mindfulness. I enjoy the outdoors, and I use mindfulness practices to help myself be more present with my adventures. I like to read challenging material, and I have a keen interest in ancient history and natural sciences.

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