The Wood Lily
at least in Southern Maine
is a solitary flower.
You might find them in a loose cluster,
spread over 25 square yards,
but mostly they grow one by one…
one here like a burning brand in the tall grass
or at the roots of the pines,
and another there like a distillation of a week of sunsets
at the edge of the pond.
It is rare to find a bouquet of them growing close,
a bright bonfire, so intense it lights the day,
and lifts you right out of any semblance of ordinary…