I placed some of our lilac cuttings in a vase for inspiration as I consider today’s poem.
Our Pacific Northwest flowers are a delicate pink: not purple like the pictures that adorn air freshener products for your bathroom.
Local lilacs are called Syringa vulgaris.
Syringa refers to the branches: flutes, pipes or syringes—from which indigenous people made pipes.
The Miwok used the plants for baskets.
Vulgaris means common or typical.
Lilacs are part of the olive family, I discovered on the website Plant Watch: Oleaceae.
Cousin plants include the yellow forsythia and jasmines, which we’ve planted throughout our garden.
Maybe this time
I’ll be subtle
Like the garden lilacs in
The most delicate smell
Gentle as a touch.