Lilies and Old Snow

Peter Ozeroff lives in Castlegar, BC with his wife Dana. He is a local historian and a poet. This poem, “Lilies and Old Snow” speaks of hope in the face of adversity, a fitting theme during a world pandemic.

I kneeled to take a picture,

Of lilies, and old snow, and strife,

As she walked by the place I live,

I said.. “Come look at this!”

“How strong is life.!”


Our humble lily plant

Lay buried in the snow, and yet..

When time had come

To grow,.. To live,

The power of its roots,

And of the sun, gave it a boost-

To make its way, up through the snow

And give to us, and of its self,

The beauty of its life, its will to grow,

It’s struggle. .and. to let us know…

That we can too, endure the cold,

The harshness of life’s storms

As they pass by, in time and place…

And that, we too, can rise

Above that which can drive us far below.

And that we too, may show the world, again,

One day, some charm, and grace.

“Thank you for showing Me.” she said,

And walked away,

After a longish day at work,

With lighter step, a smile,

And end with beauty,

To her day.

©Peter W. Ozeroff

March 13, 2008

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