The Stuff of Life

Dandelion Bouquets


The Stargazer Lily

Of all flowers

Reigns supreme

On my list


Not for its beauty

But for its meaning


‘Twas the first blossom

                        Given me by the man

                                                I will forever love


Placed on my pillow

By the gentle hands of

The thief of my heart


But the Dandelion

Oh the Dandelion

Follows close behind


Not for its beauty

But for its meaning


‘Twas the first blossom

                        Given me by three little men

                                                I will forever love


Presented in dirty fistfuls

By boys with beaming faces

The thieves of my heart


Surely my days of dandelion bouquets are coming to a close.


For beaming little boys

Do not stay little

And in growing awareness

Of the world


They learn

Dandelions are weeds

Of little value


What they do not comprehend

Is the value lies not in the bouquet

But in the giver of the gift


A beaming dirty-fisted boy

Eager to show his mama his love


Author: Kim Harms

I am the wife of a guitar-playing, worship-leading, adventure-loving husband. I am the mother of three incredible sons: two of whom recently surpassed me in height, and one of whom I am going to pretend is still my baby. I am saved by grace; a daughter of the King who was and is and is to come. *** I am a regular contributor at Today’s Christian Woman, a monthly blogger at Inspire a Fire and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts. *** The 500 Dresses ministry that I started with my mom in 2010 is our way of answering the call to serve those in poverty.

3 thoughts on “Dandelion Bouquets

  1. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this. What a beautiful sentiment to the love between a mother and her sons.

  2. Thanks Lori. When Lewis gave me dandelions earlier this week, I was struck by the fact that he is not going to be little much longer.

  3. I love love this poem…it brought tears to my eyes! I very much love my dandelion bouquets too 🙂

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