Purple Splendor

Rhododendron

blooming

purple in its splendor

risk taken

after a flower

the fade

no longer the showcase

of the garden

fertilize

mulch the ground

prepare it for

another bloom

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dVerse prompt on risk and remodel— garden is beautiful and then it isn’t

Purple Splendor

Rosette

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A flower of ancient ceremony

Mesopotamia    Egypt   Greece

carved  in  stone  on  columns

hammered into golden jewels

to  represent   the  wild  roses

celebration            rites  of  life

& death

 

 

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NaPoWriMo prompt on the meaning of a flower.

The rosette has been seen throughout antiquity in

many cultures across the world.

 

Rosette

Hoya

Wasn’t it this time

last  year

that  your hoya

blossomed

and in your excitement

and joy

you plucked

its single delicate

flower

to bring

to me?

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Written January 19, 1978 for Bob McAllister’s poetry class
Bainbridge Island, WA

Comments or critique from Bob:

Excitement and joy, one or other,  both are too extended.
Nature – a single flower central experience.
Haiku form with one short thought or can take two
and usually does contrast.

Hoya