This is my modern interpretation of the Greek myth of the origin of the Amaryllis flower. It is a flower with long, pointed flower petals that many people might associate with its more common, and less genera specific name, the lily. Interestingly, this is a flower that blooms after disaster, waiting until brushfire sweeps the area and clears overhead vegetation, before opening its petals to the sky.
The myth of the Amaryllis’ origin is one of strength gleaned from tragedy as well. As the myth goes, a woman wounds herself to win the attention of her desired lover. He is a shepherd who is only interested in flowers. After thirty days of her blood spilling onto the ground, a beautiful and never before seen flower grows on the spot, and when she takes the flower to the shepherd, he is won over by its beauty. He kisses her and presumably they live happily ever after.
The story I’ve concocted takes a different turn, although it takes its inspiration from the original myth, and I hope the association is clear.
Illustrated by Shelby Mabery; Written and Illustrated by Rachel Noll