A flower

The flower composes

despite neglect

without my notice

or my respect


blossoms prescribed

by preappointment, long ago

in returning seasons

that forever come and go


long after I depart

remember me

and mark again the spot

that I forgot to see.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

I love this, arb! Easter Lilies are such beautiful compositions!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

I wish I could be as egoless with my writing as a flower.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Thank you tnderhrt,my favorite and they are in bloom. Be well.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Randy, my wifes name! Thank you for the read. I wish That I could speak as eloquently as the flower.


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

God created flowers before He created man, so we should learn from them. I love Lillies, especially Callalillies!


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

I suspect that we are to God, as flower is to us. Sometimes radiant and sometimes at wilt! Thanks CM. Be well.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I adore flowers, especially lilies. I featured lilies I've nurtured and loved on one of my hubs, in fact. This is such a personal tribute to one - and seems a trifle on the sad side or am I mistaken?


arb 5 years ago

Not so sad I hope. If these pages are our garden, I would that none should pass without knowing the lily. She blooms for all to see, now or upon their waking. :)


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Perfect magic. Yes, there is such a thing, and this poem captures it, beautifully.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Good morning Genna, what an absolutely gracious comment! thank you. The single lily seems to reveal the marriage of complexity and simplicity. They seem so happy together.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA

Dear Arb.

The most beautiful of all, the lily!

Your words, your poem: Beautiful as always!

I get the feeling, though, that you never forget to see...


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maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

We are so lucky to be stuck on a flying rock that is graced by rainbows, butterflies, Labrador Retrievers, and flowers...Flowers must be special; so many girls are named after them...I actually once knew a girl named Hyacinth...we called her Hiya...she was real popular, everyone would say Hiya, Hiya...

Voted up and beautiful...Thank you, Larry


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Well Hiya Larry, it is always a pleasure to hear from you my friend. Thanks so much for the hiya hiya. Nothing graces a lily as much as smile! Be well.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Good morning Jillian! Not as much with age as in my youth. That was such a blur wasn't it! Thank you for the gracious comment. Be well.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Good morning Jillian! I notice more in age than the blur of youth allowed. For that i am grateful. thank you so much for your gracious comment. be well jillian.


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Lovely words and thoughts arb. Thank you.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Sligobay, Thank you for coming by, and for gracious reply. BTW, Did I understand that you are somewhat retreating? I will hope against it. Be well.


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

It's wonderful that a flower can be so thought-provoking.

Thank you, Arb, for your beautiful observation set to verse. Lovely!


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

hi cat! Thanks for your gracious comment. Given our attention, I suspect everything we see would be thought provoking, certainly more so than what were hearing. be well cat.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

There is not much more to say, all the great comments are above this poet.

As I can see a lily weeps for thee. Flowers awaken in me such beauty and glee and stir the leaves that fall from the tree upon the gentle grass below as buttercups suck in the morning sun.

Arb I love flowers and you did the Lily proud, well done my fellow scribe. bravo.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

saddlerider, Thank you for your very gracious comment. We have more than poetry in common. I suspected so. Your evident love of beauty spills from your comments regarding nature. How can the heart sleep when it is exposed to a world utterly screaming for our attention. be well.


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4elements 5 years ago

thought it was great


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Oh (arb), I am anxiously awaiting the vision of these beautiful flowers that come and go with the seasons...a beautiful poem, thanks for sharing,

MM


arb 5 years ago

Hi Maggie! Right around the corner. Would we see them with the same heart if we did not wait so long for their arrival? Be well my friend.


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Splendid! A flower, especially the Easter Lilly, is like Jesus: always blooming, always peaceful, never failing to shine, perfect, and beautiful, full of love! You have written a great description of God's most precious creation. Thank you.


arb 5 years ago

Thanks CM. He is the ultimate author of everything.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

How very Beautiful and Poignant Arb.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Hello b. Thanks for your kind words. I've taken an obvious break from hub for a while. Not sure why, just needed I think. Be well and thanks again.

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