Some flowers are not meant to open
fully. Lilium lophophorum, for instance.
Full bloom, its petal-tips

stay fused so that it waves
like a golden lantern
over these crowded meadows—see

how it guards its pollen heart
from harsh weather, its silkspun roots
tucked deep in grass-tangle.

See how it only tips, undamaged,
to the sun. Like a womb
around a fine, well-lit secret.