"The Flowers" was written by Victorian author William Brighty Rands and originally published as part of a collection of poetry for children. A sweet, parable-like poem, "The Flowers" celebrates love as a force for good in the world while condemning the destructive nature of selfishness and greed. When a personified "Love" scatters flowers over the earth, "Greed" eagerly scoops them all up for himself—crushing the flowers in the process. Greed decides he's unimpressed with his bounty and tosses the ruined flowers to the ground, where they're then discovered by a group of children. The children's touch makes the flowers bloom anew with brilliant, "burn[ing]" color. Love, the poem implies, is something that deserves to be celebrated, cherished, and shared.