a haiku for the night-blooming cereus

Below are pictures I took of a Night-Blooming Cereus my mother has in a giant pot by the pool. All day the buds stay tightly closed, unmoved by the sun. As the sky turns gray, yellow, then red, the bud begins to slowly move, yawning to welcome the night. No sooner than the stars begin to twinkle, the flower is open wide, spread gloriously to present herself to the night sky. The dark rays flower her. Only the dark rays force this flower to smile with regal admiration for the night.

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Photo taken by zaji, 2011


A Haiku for the Night-Blooming Cereus (or, Queen of the Night)

The sun leaves the sky

Night rays birth your elegance

Stars dance to your scent

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Photo taken by zaji, 2011

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Photo taken by zaji, 2011

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Photo taken by zaji, 2011

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