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Updated on August 29, 2014

The roses? Oh yes, the roses still bloom.


Why is the world today,

"Better still" as many might now say;

So different in every way.

"Casual" some call the mores.

"About time!" and even "Much needed."

"Not like the old days."

Did I miss the changing?

Was actually loving someone then so transient?

Flirting was an art form.

Agreed, it sometijmes went astray;

Flirting once meant crossing a second line.

Today's lines seem so stone-like.

Perhaps the art is lost.

No more foreplay (then glance to glance).

"Maybe" lost, just "Yes"/"No".

Trifle Love too often: gone.

Looks were the thousand-words-long picture.

"I'm interested".... just no words.

The too-long touch forbidden,

The sparkling wink once so demurely hidden

The spoken words now mute.

I miss the days of flirting,

No further goal in sight, just hurting.

And missing what seemed right.

Copyright 2013 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Made me think that roses flirt with nature in a way. They are so lovely but try and grab them by the stem. I loved the pictures your roses are so beautiful.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      BlossomSB - I think you commented on the Maine one, also, which was even further back in the early 30's before all these modern conveniences, when family meant everything. It's the mores more than anything I can think of that have changed, perhaps also our connections to the gospel and daily devotions. There are some aspects of our lives, that if lost, will leave us wondering who we really are now.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      The good old days - and how we miss so many of the aspects - but not quite all! A lovely poem and beautiful photos.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      btrbell - Every once in awhile it's soothing to write on changes which cause us to think back and question our forward progress and whether or not anything was lost in the process. I'm hoping more comments may that clearer on this or any subject that interests us Hubbers. Thanks for your comments.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Interesting! I love your pictures, too. What better flower for flirting. Up+