Fragrant Flower in a Crevice from Who's who in South Dakota, Volume 1 By Oscar William Coursey

Fragrant Flower in a Crevice from Who's who in South Dakota, Volume 1 By Oscar William Coursey-1906

Although a geologist by training and choice, Dean Perisho is equally at home among the flowers. He climbs the rugged mountain sides to chisel out for classification and study a new specimen of stone. High above the seas' level his observing eye catches a glimpse of a dainty flowret lifting its little face heavenward from a tiny crevice in the rock. He slips along the dangerous ledge to the flowret's side. With the same compassion and tenderness which would cause him to refrain from throwing a stone at a bird, he takes pity on his little blossoming friend, bends it toward him to inhale its fragrance, lets it remain on its stem, says to it, "Continue your worship," and he continues to climb.

Oh! the soul of a man that sees God and worships all about him. Perisho would even take issue with that portion of Gray's Elegy wherein the pious poet said,

"Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air."

To a great soul like Perisho's, that articulates with all nature about it, the little flowret struggling for existence through the stubborn crevice on yonder lonesome mountain side, may never have been beheld by the eye of man; but this does not prove to him that its existence has been in vain or that it has "blushed unseen" and "wasted its sweetness on the desert air." Oh! on; not to Perisho. He believes that during the long summer months, while it pushed its tiny rootlets deeper and deeper into the crevice, in its struggle for nourishment and for life, and while its baby petals were bathed with fragrant dews at night and gave off their perfume heavenward during the day, it was merely lifting its silent voice to God and paying homage to its Maker.

Yes, ah! yes: give us God in the flowrets and in the rocks; and then stand beside us Dean Perisho as our interpreter, and we will forever rejoice.