I wait all year for this time – when I can devour the peonies, heart and soul.
Indulge in their infinity of pink, as caressable as skin.
Yielding but self-assured,
like any living creature here to fulfill its destiny.
Encounter their improbable, unjustifiable beauty –
a pilgrimage of senses
to meet the force of that tenderness,
unfolding in myself.
Because there is no other way to find their blooms, to inspire their wordless fragrance – except by the light
of your own lovely petal shine.