I walked out of school to see this glorious, splendid, gorgeous, incredible flower in spectacular bloom despite the rain. I might even describe it as defiant.
Not a lily as in this poem, but I think an iris will suffice.
The Noble Nature
It is not growing like a tree
In bulk, doth make man better be;
Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:
A lily of a day
Is fairer far in May,
Although it fall and die that night—
It was the plant and flower of Light.
In small proportions we just beauties see;
And in short measures life may perfect be.
This plant and flower of light is perfect indeed...