Composition of petalled form –

multi-faceted, layered,

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.



27 comments on “Layered

  1. russtowne says:

    I especially love the first and last 4 lines. Lovely, Melody.

  2. theywhoseek says:

    This is beautiful! ~ Blessings ~

  3. Peony? Afraid the photo took my attention!

  4. Robert Rife says:

    You’re just getting better with age, aren’t ya? This is excellent.

  5. I find that everything in nature reveals us to ourself ~don’t you believe ?

  6. Heidi Viars says:

    I think I can smell them ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Gallivanta says:

    Thoroughly gorgeous.

  8. Caddo-Jael says:

    Oh good, someone else guessed peony first. I love the 2nd stanza best–speaks to me.

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