Anthurium Thoughts

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I happened upon a man tending his garden

with eyes as wide as gerber daisies

how is it they bloom so magnificantly for you?


each requires something different

he stroked a bursting dahlia as he spoke

this likes to be coddled, that one is almost wild


she likes dry roots but she adores wet

this one goes really deep

that one reaches for the sky


did you learn this all from books?

I did my homework but every flower has a voice

she will tell you what she needs if you will listen


each has desires as unique

as the beauty they will bestow

if one takes the time to get to know


you are a master at what you do

I'll leave you to your beds

he smiled a confident smile as I turned and walked away


with anthurium thoughts

beneath my bluebell skirt

my hips began to sway

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buddhkist 4 years ago from State of Somewhere

Interesting and very fluid. Reminds me of someone I used to know. I voted up. :-)


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States

I love the way you handle the dialog. Artful.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Buddhkist was this person a flower or a gardner?

Hi Tom, thank you. :)


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buddhkist 4 years ago from State of Somewhere

@Randy Behavior She was both. :-)


Claudia Schönfeld 4 years ago

oh there are things you can't learn from books...

...I did my homework but every flower has a voice

she will tell you what she needs if you will listen...and he obviously is someone who listened...we need more men like him, we need more lovers like him, we need more parents and politicians like him...and the world would be a different place...


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icciev 4 years ago from Kuwait

very nice and interesting poem, voted up


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Hi RB.

You have a talent for word-play. Your wording is marvellous. Your gardener knows how to treat beautiful things. I wonder what he could do with your anthurium thoughts that lie beneath your blue bell skirt??

Take care and have a nice day.

LOL Ghaelach


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

RB, I love this. It is charming... absolutely charming. Captivating. I'll stop now and go and mark you up.


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Flowers, as well as people, will tell you what they need if you only listen! Thanks RB! This was beautiful!


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Joyus Crynoid 4 years ago from Eden

Beautiful. I had to look anthurium up. And then I re-read the poem. Wow.


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saddlerider1 4 years ago

"with anthurium thoughts

beneath my bluebell skirt

my hips began to sway"

I love flowers, I once was a bee in one of my previous lives, spreading my nectar all over the place and then I caught the swagger and the sway of a bluebell skirt and lost my stinger for you honey.

Randy you never fail to amuse me with your poetic genius, wicked simply wicked. You are my flower indeed, please never wilt. Hugs


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

A flower...or woman has her own unique needs, and until men learn that, they will never fully satisfy us!


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alekhouse 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Love this, Randy. Thanks


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Stay with us a while Randy, don't disappear so long...okay..


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This was sweet nectar indeed.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hey Claudia, I obviously agree.

Greetings icciev. Thanks for the vote.

Hi Ghaelach. Yes how could writing be work, when all we do is play with words :) Thanks for the great comment.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Well hello TL! Thank you so much, but don't stop.

My long lost Candie V!!!! Thanks for paying me a visit.

So is it less cryptic now Joyus Crynoid? Gotta keep it clean on Hubpages.


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I'm here when I can be!!


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Saddle what a sweet comment. I bet you are a bit of a gardner yourself!

Hey Cardisa! And the man that learns that will always be satisfied. ;) I'm around... just not everything I write is Hub appropriate.

Thanks for popping in alekhouse.

Howdy mckbirdbks. I'm glad you liked it.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

I'm not throwing stones Candie! I'm rarely here as Cardisa pointed out. But it doesn't mean I'm not writing up a storm!


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana

An exotic poem, of sweet smells and flowering buds. There is beauty all around us, one just has to open his eyes and see. Open his ears and listen.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Nikki! Thanks for popping in for a comment :)


wolfsrosebud 4 years ago

great play with the garden


brian miller 4 years ago

every flower has a voice that needs you to listen...what a wise man you met in that garden...i think we could gleen much to send many a hips a swaying..smiles.


Anthony Desmond 4 years ago

what a man.. very sensual... a great write


Adura Ojo 4 years ago

Earthy, sensual, very well done.


Heaven 4 years ago

I love that he listens and cares for each one...love will surely flourish.

Your ending lines are wonderful and sensual too ~


Emily 4 years ago

Lovely. How could such a gardener not make your hips sway?


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Tashtoo 4 years ago from Nova Scotia

Fantastic write...and I don't think you could have picked a more fitting image. Wisdom filled but laced with fun! Loved :)


John Richter 4 years ago

Anthruium thoughts beneath a bluebell skirt! Such a lovely and sensual metaphor...... and indeed a lovely day at the garden!


Ann Leflore 4 years ago

this is the first time I have come to read your blog and I am so amazed at the word flow and how creative your poem is. I love the image of the woman you bring out in your words and especially the photos you have chosen for this poem. The woman or the flower amazing idea and such a wonderful piece

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Joe Hesch 4 years ago

It takes a long time to know the vagaries of the garden and it's denizens. Just as it takes a while to know how to beautifully and artistically use a metaphor to impart a lesson that feels more like music and images. Wonderful piece.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks wolfsrosebud!

Hi Brian. Those that pay attention will be richly rewarded.

Thank you Anthony.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Greetings Adura, thank you!

I'm glad you like it Heaven.

Exactly Emily!


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hey Tashtoo. What a great tagline... wisdom laced with fun. :)

Hi John... is there a bad day when you are in the "garden"?

Well I'm glad you came by Anne. Sometimes the photo hunt takes longer than the write!


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Yes time Joe, but luckily it isn't exactly unpleasant :) Thanks for the thoughtful comment.


Ayala 4 years ago

A sweet write :)


hedgewitch 4 years ago

As a gardener, he wasn't lying, as a man, he was charming, as a poet, I salute you for an excellent write.


lori 4 years ago

I have not luck in a garden though I find it magical. It seems a world I'm not meant for. But, I also like the other message that each is unique. Sometimes, I feel like my own breed of flower. That can be both good and bad. This was lovely.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Ayala!

Greetings hedgewitch. I'm an on again off again gardner but I know what great metaphors can be found there.

I find the magic too Lori. But I am not a simple bloom either.


Doug Turner Jr. 4 years ago

Well, you've got me looking up "anthurium". That ending is extremely intriguing. You know me: I'm trying to decipher the deep metaphors -- even if you didn't plant any (get it? "plant?"). The best I can come up with -- after looking up anthurium is that the flower is a hermaphrodite. Perfect. I'll quit while I'm ahead.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Oh that's scary Doug! Flowers all have meanings. The Anthurium stands for lust (get it? "stands for?") You don't have to dig deep Doug this whole thing is about sex; the nuances of which I cannot discuss on Hubpages.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Wow RB, this was amazing poetry. You have a special gift for writing for sure. Beautiful and sexy. Votes up, awesome, and beautiful.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thank you so much Lyric Writer; I appreciate you commenting. :)


claudia schoenfeld 4 years ago

just thought i'd pop in and say hi.. hope all is well in your part of the world..


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Claudia. I've only taken the time to read one poem in the xmas retail daze... yours. You never disappoint!


theking2020 4 years ago

Beauty is everywhere as well theres people that just have a talent with great writing


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

And both are in the eye of the beholder, eh King?


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Swaying hips are like the rings of dinner bells. Beautiful. I also listened to the recording of this rendition and enjoyed it verty much. I had recorded some of my poetry and posted them on youtube to link to my hub. What recording program did you use? I used audacity. IS the soundcloud expensive?


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Oh! I didn't realize I was calling men to supper; I better watch my step. :) Soundcloud starts out free then you can pay to get more minutes and see who'd listening to you etc. I just record straight to sound cloud with the mic built into my Mac, nothing fancy.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Well, some of us may be good enough to eat.

I like the clarity of the recording. My microphone was supersensitive, and I actually had to control my breathing. I have a resonance in my voice that sounds good, however I had to record and re-record a bunch of times to get it right. Alot of people don't realize how much work it is. At least it was for me. Thank you so much for the tips!


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

I've done over a hundred recordings so obviously I'm not as much as a perfectionist as you are! I have redone some but its because I've learned to relax and lower my voice. Some of my earlier recordings were too high pitched for my taste. When I first did "I Want to be Your Barbie Doll" I sounded like... well a Barbie Doll!


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Did your version of Barbie sound like the one in Toy Story?

Some people have the good fortune of having a voice that carries/emphasizes the prose they're reciting. Your blessed. I'm just glad I don't sound like Shrek. I plan to add recordings to my other poems here shortly.

One more question, do soundcloud visits add or generate revenue? If you upload a video recording of your recitals to youtube, you can link that to your adsense.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

A.A you are asking the wrong person. Poetry and money? Have they ever coincided?


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Good point. Come to think of it, I know of no poet who made any money...


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

I don't know how I've missed this one for so long but I'm certainly glad I finally stumbled on it. I love the story, the dialog and the message. The master gardener is patient, always learning and knows just how to coax the most from each 'blossom'. Wonderful write! Voted up and awesome.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi PF! I'm glad you found it too :) Thanks for the button pushing; I'm still not used to those dang things


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shamelabboush 4 years ago

Randy B, you still have that nice touch.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Well hello old friend! Thanks for checking in on me.


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shamelabboush 4 years ago

mmmmmmmm, truly sensual with a rich ending...


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Randy Behavior - I'll watch you sway your hips when you walk any day.... mmmwwwaaa

Just like people - "every flower has a voice she will tell you what she needs if you will listen" --- every person has a voice, and all we have to do is listen... with our heart!

Great message for love found in the garden - and also found in your poem. Sweet!


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Neil! There is a shortage of listeners on this planet, sounds like you may be one.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

I'm listening! Tell me......


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What Is Q 4 years ago from Tennessee

This is a great poem about flowers. It is about flowers, right? If this poem has two meanings, I guess I should leave two comments. According to the last poem of yours you wrote, a flower doesn't need a gardener. I missed reading your poems, Randy. They're the best ones on here, and that's not an empty compliment, so please keep writing them.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thank you Q that is quite a compliment!


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

beautiful, my poetic friend.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Tony :) I'll come visit.


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Enigmatic Me 4 years ago from East Coast Canada

The sage like wisdom doled out by a stranger hits harder than the constant drumming of familiar (sometimes familial) critiques.

To slow down, to listen, to be in the moment- brings about beauty, calmness, and clarity one cannot find in the busy, busy life one leads.

The frivolity of the young girl sashaying in her skirt after such a connection, brings about thoughts that she has gained understanding on a grand scale.

Thanks Randy...


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi EM! I love the word sashay :) Thanks for your comment.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

So nice to see this poem still getting reads -- I love it -- hugs and a kiss ... mmmwwwaaa


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Neil! Yea I guess I should post something new over here.


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Ryan McGill 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

Everything but the morning dew! Very nice Randy.


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Randy Behavior 3 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks Ryan :)


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Astra Nomik 3 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

What a great poem, bouncing lyrically along the garden path and so effortless. I enjoyed every word. Awesome.


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Randy Behavior 3 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks for stopping by Astra!

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