Earth laughs in flowers.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom,
maybe your soul has never been in bloom.
I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
Silently a flower blooms,
In silence it falls away;
Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,
The world of the flower, the whole of
the world is blooming.
This is the talk of the flower, the truth
of the blossom:
The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.
- Zenkei Shibayama