Desert Rose - A poem

The inspiration


Books, for me, are magical in nature. Depending on the writer, sometimes, books can transport my mind from this reality (the reality of now) into a reality of another, plotted out by the skill of the writer.

In my journey through the pages of a creative writer who embraces varying plots in far away places, I am transported in my imagination. Often more than not I will visit with the mind of the writer to the different realms of thought and physical location (or fantasy location as the case might sometimes be) that is evoked in my minds eye with the descriptive words the writer has used.

Occasionally I may stumble across a writer who describes their own journey with vivid descriptive elements that make me feel like I am there, I am living it. Their past becomes “my now” for the duration of the book

Desert Rose is one of these books.

I read it 3 days ago and finished it in one day. It is definitely one of those precious gems you can’t put down until you finish.

When I opened the cover to Desert Rose, like a doorway into another realm, I was transported into a China of the past and ended here in New Zealand. All my senses were engaged. I wept when she wept. I experienced the prejudice arising from a nation that was being brainwashed. I observed the deterioration of the human psyche and the infancy stages of jealousy, envy, greed and unkindness that a starved psyche will breed. I felt the extremities of the seasons and experienced starvation claws in the pit of my stomach.

The writers’ style was unique, in that, inherent was a purity that words often do not disclose about a writer. Rarely embellished it was truly refreshing. Poignant and and powerful messages that can transport one into another realm so easily.

Desert Rose, is, in my opinion, a very powerful and moving book that epitomizes the strength of the human spirit.

This poem is inspired by reading Desert Rose.

Desert Rose - A Novel

Desert Rose - A Poem

The Throne of Power


The illusion of power weaves its mighty web

Concealing truths from the passage of mind

Interlaced with threads of conceit

With force and control it will bind


The web of illusion cleverly spun

Creates visions of grandiose display

The strength of which at the throne of power

Shall cause millions of people to pay


The tremors of oppression could be felt

Spreading hastily like the wind

Dividing, confusing, and deflating

The people and injuring the spirit within


Yet amongst the weeds of choked oppression

Wild flowers could still be found

In the barren deserts of pain and hard labor

A desert rose took to the ground


The rose

A rose bud she was in a meadow of joy

Basking in the sunshine of love

She frolicked and played in the newness of life

Nurtured in kindness, sharing and love


The petals of consciousness about to unfold

were stifled by the gale force winds

Forcefully controlling the change it desired

People’s freedom it did rescind


Uprooting the young from its joyful meadows

Separation became the norm

The nasty winds unleashed its power

Demanding that one does conform


In a whirlwind of confusion spiraling out of control

The rose bud wept alone

Innocence stolen, happiness gone

Loneliness and despair was shown


Ceasing not the winds blew on

entering the darkest nights of soul

Poverty and hunger infected the land

It murdered the young and the old


The harshness of life seemed twisted and cruel her

Body was tattered and torn

The cruelty of others human nature amiss her

spirit was battered and worn


the strength of courage and hope arose

In the thin veneer of her dreams

Nudging softly at her weary soul, whispered,

It’s not as bad as it seems


With the guiding hand of the magic of dreams

Her roots were finally laid

In the barren desert where nothing grows

Except dreams of a valiant crusade.


The Desert


Standing still in the desert

Silence tiptoed in the surround

A gentle whisper her only companion

No one else around


The jewels of the night hung, silent in prayer

as she pondered what path to take

A weary body with a weary mind

The decision not easy to make


The nudge of her companion was gentle and kind

A subtle caress to her soul

She was at peace in the silence of her mind a

Lighted path began to unfold


Forbidden Love

The treacherous terrain of forbidden love

Tantalizes and teases its prey

It stalks the lonely hearted

Alluring an innocent youth at play


Igniting the passion of loneliness

Sparking the inner fire

The terrain promises never ending love

And all that you desire


When loneliness loses it painful grip

And innocence is bored with the game

The flames of love become dying embers

Two lovers never ever the same



Alive


She learned how to ride the winds

No matter the force applied

The inner and outer strength it grew

So too did her spirit inside






An afterthought

True power for me lies in the heart of every individual. It does not require recognition or praise. It does not seek to control. It is not harmful and it doesn’t use force. It does not discriminate. It is accepting, humble, compassionate caring and kind. You cannot buy it, borrow it or even sell it. But, you can share it. True power for me is... unconditional love.

Always found within the heart of every individual.

Happy sharing!

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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Thank you AnnRandolph.


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AnnRandolph 4 years ago

Pennyofheaven,

You express yourself so well. I love to read your articles.


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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Thank you snowdrops!! Appreciate your visit and comments.


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

Ohhh..this is simply amazing!


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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Glad you think so. Thanks for stopping in!


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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Thanks for you kind comments!


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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Pennyofheaven, the rose has been described in such a awesome way, brilliant, voted up


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Angel_In_Disguise 4 years ago

Absolutely beautiful and brilliant ! Loved it all. Voted up !


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

This was an outtanding hub. I loved the introduction, the poem......

ALL of it.

voted up and awesome. Well done.


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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for the rave review!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This is a fascinating poem, to say the least! Your words captures the essence of the book beautifully. Enjoyed it thoroughly...... Awesome, and beautiful. And how can I not vote it up!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

You are very welcome! :) And thanks!


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pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

Very nice to meet you too josh! Thank you for your kind comments. I think your work is incredible too!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Penny, this was an incredible job!

Loved this section:

In a whirlwind of confusion spiraling out of control

The rose bud wept alone

Innocence stolen, happiness gone

Loneliness and despair was shown

Powerful imagery, excellent poems! Voted up, and more, and sharing! :)

Nice to meet you my new hub friend :)


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Just how simply beautiful was this poem. Awesome!


V Qisya 4 years ago

This is truly beautiful. I love it! Up and away :D

Best Wishes, V


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

you're welcome!


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

My pleasure to be following you. Thanks for stopping by.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

very good poetry, penny. thanks for sharing and for following!


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

Applicable indeed. If she can endure what she did, I am more than certain we will cope. Thanks for your kind comments


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This was the most unique book review I've ever read and the poem itself was exquisite. Wow! Very well done. Thanks for sharing this. Sounds like a great book that is very applicable to our current troubled times.


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

You too my friend. Thanks for stopping in to read again!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A wonderful poem and here's to many more to share on here.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

Eddy.


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

Thank you storytellersrus. Love your handle by the way!


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

"Alive" could be on a poster for daily reading! I need to add this to the tack of books building beneath Name of the Win

Voted up!


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

Awww and you have made my day with your kind comments Thank you!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

What an absolutely beautiful hub! Not only is the book review thorough and enticing, but the poems, and such a series to support your findinds in the book, are exquisite! I especially loved the last stanza: Alive: "...the inner and outer strength it grew, so to did her spirit inside." Awesome.

And, in addition was this sweet afterthought. This is a wonderful hub to finish my day with. Thanks for sharing. This was rated up and across.


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

Thank you violet sun. Yes sadness and gratitude are apparent when reading the story.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Wow, this was beautiful. I felt sadness and at the same time gratitude that in the midst of life's hardships there is the beauty of the spirit.

Voted up and rated beautiful!


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

Yes agree CM,

We do have to take the bitter with the sweet.

Thank you for following my hubbing friend! Always a pleasure to read your feedback.


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Dear pennyofheaven, This hub was a emotional filled hub, grasping every thought of beauty and there is a concept of heaven in each verse. I felt moved by the words.So much truth is revealed, not just beauty but also hardship. We all have to take the bitter with the sweet and you have definitely done it here. Thank you. It is always a pleasure to follow your hubs. :)


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

Hi vihimayur, Alladream

It is truly an inspiring book with much, much more than I could adequately put in words. Thank you so much for your kind comments vihimayur and thank you both for stopping in to read!


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds like a great book


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vidhimayur 5 years ago

wow pennyofheaven, this is amazing. you have explained poem sooooo well. The best part is you have explained poem in it's entire entity plus in parts!! never thought of rose in this manner. superb piece of art!! And " Alive" is best part of poem, what better way to end such a well explained poem!! And yes, i would try and get this book :)

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