9 Mar

I saw my first trillium today.

Driving down the highway towards home, I took my eyes off the road. I’ve been doing so since the beginning of the month because this is when the trilliums come.

And today, I saw my first trillium.

It filled my heart with joy, to see it there nestled among the ferns in the forest bordering the highway. Where there is one, more will come.

My mid wandered, thinking about the Flower Fairy books by Cicely Mary Barker that my grandmother gave us. Did you ever read these? Here is a sample.


To my knowledge, Cicely Mary Barker never wrote a poem about trilliums. Inspired by CMB  and the trillium I saw today, I wrote one

The Song of the Trillium Fairy

The road is wide, its banks are steep,
Where Douglas firs reach high;
And gently through the ferns I creep,
‘Neath Oregon’s grey sky.

The people in the cars below
Look up and see me there,
Where shyly my three petals show
That Spring is in the air.


3 Responses to “Trilliums!”

  1. hollymueller March 9, 2016 at 6:08 am #

    This post made me smile! No, I’ve never read the Flower Fairy books, but I LOVE the illustration! Your poem is perfect and makes me excited for spring!

  2. elsie March 9, 2016 at 6:23 am #

    I can’t say I’ve ever seen a trillium. I guess they don’t appear around here. I love the idea that the flower shyly appears.

  3. bevbaird March 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    I love your poem! We have trilliums in our garden – started by birds I’m sure because we never planted them. Trilliums are Ontario’s provincial flower – love them.

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