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The Hydrangea: a poem

Updated on October 16, 2012
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I tied up an eight-foot hydrangea

before the rains

when the air was humid

with butterflies

wafting through bright sunlight.


Under the canopy

of twisted branches

delicate stems

each one a garden

of brightest blue.


A thousand butterflies

shining on me.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you thost from Dublin, Ireland :)

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Yes, I see them now, very nice poem. Thank you

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Beth, Thank you for reading and commenting on this summery poem, something I can only imagine right now.

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      I have to say, I adored that poem (and I don't often like other ppls poetry)... and hydrangeas are also my favorite.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      BongSantos, How very nice to find your comment here today. Thank you.

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      Jobb Gosamo 5 years ago from Philippines

      They are my favorite flowers. Thanks to your lovely poem, I love them even more.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Blossom, thank you for the visit. I know the hydrangeas can really change colour depending on what is in the soil. I love the pink too. I actually got this photo from Flickr creative commons. Great flower pics available there.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Loved your description. Hydrangeas are great and they do grow amazingly quickly in the spring when they have been well-pruned and fed. Yours are such a lovely blue! You must have plenty of iron in the soil. Mine used to turn out mostly pink.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Peg. I have always loved this song, and I've never been to Georgia, but I feel like I'm right there when I hear it. We are all so connected by the music. Mar's Mom, your Dad, (my Dad loved Willie Nelson too). Group Hug!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      You are always welcome Mar.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hello unknown spy, thank you very much.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Aww, thank you Annie!

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello S'Lane! Your poem and gorgeous picture are amazing. I absolutely love this song and this version is so wonderfully melodic. The dedication to Mar and Miss Sammie is lovely.

      My Dad was raised in Southern Georgia.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I will come back often to take in this beauty and cry to this song, which always puts SAMMIE on my mind...you are a good friend. Thank you, I know Mom loves this too...

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      eye capturing photo. i love the color, they're just so beautiful. Lovely poem.

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Hydrangeas do it for me too, especially in beautiful blue!!! Beautiful butterflies, lovely, lovely poetry. My best wishes to your dear Snakeslane and sharing.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hey always, thank you for exploring my Hubs, so nice to see you. I know you love your flowers.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Dear Mar, here is a song for Miss Sammie of Washington, GA.

      http://youtu.be/SfDVv1ASJ3M

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and your poem is lovely...Cheers .

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      The hydrangea is forever a reminder of Miss Sammie. The prettiest I have ever seen were in her hometown of Washington, GA.

      Your poem does this beauty justice. The imagery is perfect.

      Voted UP and AB. Hugs, Maria

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you tirelesstraveler, I appreciate you reading and your positive response

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Lesley!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Hydrangeas are beautiful as is your poem.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Eight foot high, that's amazing!

      Loved your poem and voted up!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hello Frieda, thank you for that lovely comment.

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      Frieda Babbley 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Beautiful poem and photos. It feels like a personal peak into a moment of a gardener's life. Love those last lines. I never thought about hydrangeas that way, but you are so absolutely right. Ah the beauty and power of poetry.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Good morning Dusty, thank you for the visit. I can only imagine how very different your 'setting' is to this. From the jungle rain forest to the desert. Although you describe your environment so well in your writing, I can picture it.

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      I doubt I ever see such here, short of a bird bringing in what is needed, I did find your writing a nice piece to read while coming to, this morning, thank you,

      Peace and Blessings,

      dust

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hello Ms Bird, good to see you. The hydrangea shrubs get so heavily laden with flowers, when it rains, if they are not supported they just get flattened, but it takes hours to string one up, especially if you let it get away on you. (guilty) Delphinium is the same. One day it's a foot high and the next week it's seven foot tall and laying on the ground.

      I'm so happy you enjoyed the poem, thank you for saying so.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      You perfectly described the hydrangea bush. My neighbor has one almost 10 feet tall. They are amazing. Your poem is wonderfully written, peaceful and lovely.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you mckbbks, I wish it was my garden. Your comment is very poetic.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      The flickering candles of your imagination illuminate the magic of your garden.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much Will.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very well written, and voted that way!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you rcrumple. I wondered about using the photo. In the new profile layout a photo is needed for the 'feature' feature, so I went with it. Snake joke duly noted lol.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      With the words you presented, a picture was unnecessary. Beautiful imagery!

      Bill hates these because of the snakes they may hide within. lol

      Beautiful hub!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      xstatic, ooo, I love the pink too. My neighbor has a maroon colored one that is quite unusual. Thank you for the UP!

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hello billybuc, If a confirmed Hydrangea hater can enjoy this poem I must be doing something right... Thank you very much. :)

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Lucky Cats, your hydrangeas must be so beautiful in all those colors. I hope you are taking pictures. Thank you for your lovely comment, so encouraging.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Victoria Lynn, Thank you! On Vancouver Island yes, plants get really big, it's a jungle. But it would depend on the variety of the Hydrangea you are growing, some are more compact.

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Beautiful poem and photo too. I was just noticing this morning that our pink one had many beautiful blooms in our current heatwave. UP!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bev loves these and I hate them; I'll bet we end up with several in our yard. LOL I must have terrible childhood memories or something because there is no logical reason for me to dislike them this much. However, I did love your poem so nice job!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi snakeslane...as always, you've painted a serene, beautiful picture; making an 'everyday' experience exceptional. just wonderful. I just cut about two dozen beautifully formed flowers from my hydrangeas...several colors...hanging upside down for future vase displays. What a nice way to start my online day.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Beautiful and peaceful! Do they really get that tall??? Are they easy to grow? Nice hub.