Sealed Flower

A flower has opened in my heart,
flower so beautiful and fragile
I fear it might break down
if I look at it too intensely.

During the first two years of my life
it slowly grew and started to open.
Suddenly it sealed itself tightly
and refused to grow.

For forty-two years it was sealed
but now its magnificence has unfolded.

Each time I look at it
I shed tears due its immeasurable beauty.
Its fragrance fills my whole heart.

It is the flower of loving
and receiving love.