Flowers. A fragile, fragrant, flamboyant, fetching, fascinating fragment of Mother Nature’s design to facilitate perpetuation of life. We all have our favourites – buttercups, carnations, chrysanthemums, daffodils, dahlias, daisies, lilies, orchids, peonies, petunias, roses and tulips – which are a welcome, though ephemeral digression from ordinary subsistence of the colourless commonplace.

But human avarice is often short-sighted and biased. Floral blooms of lesser allure and cultivar are frequently typecast as simply being necessary precursors to human fodder – grain and fruit. Nevertheless, to our good fortune, these marginalised flora continue to bloom and carry on their prime role in the larger scheme of life, unprejudiced and with heads held high.

Many of us here cultivate tomatoes, and the appearance of these yellow beauties is a common, though much awaited event in the journey of the crop – probable even more than the long-drawn growth of the fruit itself. They start out as tiny green appendages on a side branch, soon bursting into a vibrant yellow which droop quickly enough, having fulfilled their fascinating journey from budding to blossoming to pollination to fertilisation in a matter of days.

This Tanka is an ode to countless such blossoms which pass through their life, perhaps seeking a path through our lives?

Unabashed blossom
neither vibrant nor fragrant
propagating life
in purpose the heart vibrant
content as a fragrant soul

[In the frame: a few of my tomato blossoms]

– Narendra Nayak © 2021

29 thoughts on “Transient

  1. This is such a thought provoking post. We humans are always obsessed with external beauty in everything and that attracts out attention. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing but just makes us so biased in our thoughts and approach to life. Somehow, I can’t help connecting this to a similar bias that we tend to show towards fellow human beings. Not connected, still….

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    1. Thank you, Neel; and you have put out such a valid point there. Bias, conscious or otherwise, is a bane of our existence. We would find so much peace and solace if only we stop being judgemental and rid ourselves of compartmentalisation.

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  2. I’ve never paid much attention because I don’t grow tomatoes, but your photo reminded me that they’re in the Solanaceae — the nightshade family. Many of those are poisonous, like our silverleaf nightshade, but the flowers look very much like your tomato blossoms. What’s especially interesting is that this family is “buzz pollinated.” It’s a fascinating technique, that you can see here.

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    1. That’s a very interesting difference between bees and bumblebees. Thanks for sharing. I have been (hopefully) aiding pollination of my tomatoes by tapping the flowers, emulating what horticulturists do to release pollen! 🙂

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