Composition of petalled form –
more than meets first
glance. Hers is a beauty
of texture, where life’s hard
knocks iron youth’s folly
into wrinkles in heart
and skin. Of colour,
where joy and tears mix,
the yellows and blues
combining to grow grass
green. Of flavour,
where character’s finer
subtleties make ingesting
her presence delightfully
palatable. Of aroma, where
trials and tribulations have
heightened olfactory nerves
to the presence of peace. Mother,
wife, daughter, friend, professional –
petal to petal, sepal to stem,
they build the mosaic,
complexity of bloom. Hers
is a beauty to own, layered.
I especially love the first and last 4 lines. Lovely, Melody.
This is beautiful! ~ Blessings ~
Thank you so much! 🙂
Peony? Afraid the photo took my attention!
Actually a Rose tree of China, zoomed in quite a bit. Very reminiscent of a peony, indeed. The hummingbirds love ’em!
You’re just getting better with age, aren’t ya? This is excellent.
🙂 Is that a birthday jibe?? Thanks so much. I’, trying to experiment more with form and function – a tedious but fascinating process.
So much contemporary poetry is largely an exercise in colloquial explorations of form and function or, sometimes, formlessness as function. It’s why I love struggling through sonnets, cinquain or haiku.
I’m finding a desire to take a class of learn more about different structures. I don’t always ‘get’ the formlessness of contemporary poetry – do you make your own rules?? I love sonnets…
I’m almost afraid to “study” poetry too much for fear that I lose my present courage in experiencing it in a contemplative, ad hoc manner.
It’s a bit touchy, isn’t it? I don’t know – over-analyze and lose the fun creativity, or learn enough to become on of the greats????
I love to learn from other poets themselves at this juncture. Being around other creative types is education/inspiration enough for me right now.
Oh, and birthday jibe? I hardly think so given I’m going to be 50 in a few months! “Those who live in glass houses…”
“…should invest in good blinds?” haha
I find that everything in nature reveals us to ourself ~don’t you believe ?
I absolutely agree. It is uncanny how many lessons there are all around us in the natural world. Thanks Deb!
I think I can smell them 🙂
Technology – gotta love it. 😀 haha
Thanks Gallivanta! I apologize for not visiting lately – trying to do too many things at once, I’m afraid. I’ll be by soon!
Not to worry. Those things just get layered on us all the time and it’s hard to see through to the surface sometimes.
Oh good, someone else guessed peony first. I love the 2nd stanza best–speaks to me.
Why, thank you! 🙂