This is the literary weblog of Jeffrey W. Hull, M.D., a pediatrician. It is intended mainly as a place to maintain a collection of poetry created for the enjoyment of a few friends and as an archive for my family. All material is protected by US copyright.

Jeffrey Hull

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Texas state flower is the bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis), which blooms this time of year along the roadsides and astride the Interstate highway medians. If you have not seen the vistas of blue (often with interspersed patches of red Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa), then you haven't really seen Texas.



Bluebonnets

My clan had New World roots two hundred years
Before a nation rose upon that land
That lay so tempting on the west frontiers
Beyond Sabine and north from Rio Grande.
One hundred thirty more would pass before
The fates would lead us west to stake small claim
To mythic lands and legends bought by war,
With tales of Bowie's death and Houston's fame.

But now those open plains and dusty hills
Are crossed with concrete, cables and such signs
As dreary uniformity instills
In everything that modern life defines —
But every spring the azure lupins dance
Rekindling then that Texas-style romance.


© 2005 Jeffrey Hull

3 Comments:

Finally! I get to see bluebonnets. I sing a Nanci Griffin song about bluebonnets and have always wanted to know what they look like. This is beautiful - the picture, the poem. Wonderful! Thank you for this.
Thank you, Tamar. I hope someday you can see the waves of them dance in the wind under the bright blue Texas sky. They are spectacular.
Jeff, if you check out my Family photo album on my website you will see a photo of my sister Sue in a field of poppies in Israel. They come up at the same time as the bluebonnets I think.

I miss them so much in the spring. I will have to travel to Texas to see the bluebonnets for sure!

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