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Where Wild Flowers Grow

Updated on August 13, 2015
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ocfireflies is a retired teacher. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in English/Secondary Education.

Our Journey Home

from blooms of a child

wild flowers grow

inside fields ploughed and battled

bleeding hearts bloom

where little girls gather

braids become woven with daisies

as ying and yang circle

sunflowers reach for the sky

beneath concrete paths

a mother's rose remains

to ridges turned blue

spirits wander

our journey home

follows many paths

ghostly seeds sprout

though not all eyes see

where we are now

and for all of eternity

© 2015 ocfireflies


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      rdsparrowriter 6 weeks ago

      Beautiful work of poetry :) Have a blessed 2018!

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      Audrey Howitt 18 months ago from California

      Beautiful --as always--hope you are well!

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you so much. Your kind words mean a lot.



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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm always so at awe where poetry like this moves me. When spirits wander... Lovely

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina


      You have no idea how much I needed to hear this. The thing that worried us (my siblings and I) when we watched as they rolled my daddy back to have the open heart surgery was did he have the will. For since mama is gone, while I know how hard it is on me, I know it must be even - not sure what the right word is--but 52 years with the same partner and then that partner is gone had really been taking its toll. I also appreciate the fact that shared how the loved one changes for my mama had not really been mama for awhile prior to passing away. That was really hard to watch. I hope you know how much it means to me for you to have shared.

      Shared Blessings Always,


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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I do understand Kim as my mom just gave up on life after Dad passed away. Finally she moved him to another state (in her mind) I guess so she could keep him alive to rid herself of that sorrow and be a reason he wasn't around. These things are so sad and I wish there was some way to make it easier on you but other than prayer there is nothing I know of. At least your siblings are helping you; mine would not even do that and it got really difficult at times but I loved her so and just made the best of it. I had to give her breakfast (she loved to sleep late for years so this helped) and let her go to the bathroom and get her back to bed; then I had one to two hours of the mornings to get to go anywhere like grocery shopping or doctor appointments and I worried every minute I was gone although nothing had ever gone wrong you just worry in case it should. If she woke up before I got home she would be mad at me too when I got there. lol

      I wish I had her back though to do it all over again. I know you miss your mom too. It is just a day in life we knew had to come and you just try to get what time you can for yourself to make it through. I did entertain myself with the computer and that helped so much since I couldn't really go anywhere. Mom had been such a chatterbox all through life so having her so quiet made me have to have something.

      I was here writing about my mom when she passed away and it really helped so much, like a great weight lifted.

      Maybe you could try writing about your mom and dad...even if you don't publish it, it is really great medicine, believe me to get said just what you want to say. It sometimes brings tears but that can be good too.

      Well...didn't mean to go on and on; just sharing my solutions.

      God bless and keep you.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks to all for your lovely comments. My apologies for my late response. Please be patient with me until I can visit your pages. For those of you who do not know, my dad had to undergo open heart surgery this past Friday. This is the first opt I have had to access the net, and I am not sure when will be the next. My dad came through the surgery, but has now developed illias(sp?) which basically means the stress of the surgery caused his digestive system to shut down. Please keep me and my siblings in your thoughts and prayers as we go into our 2nd week of living out of suitcases and doing our best to be there for him. We lost our mom in May so this has been an incredibly difficult time for us. Thank you for letting me share.

      Blessings to all,


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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Beautiful poem, lovely words and deep meaning.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Lovely. Just lovely. Such evocative images and emotion. Missing the voting buttons....

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      This is lovely--vulnerable and poignant--rich with expression--

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      This is a lovely poem. I love the reference to the concrete and the mother's rose peeking through. What a profound image and thought on life.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, great poem.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      travmaj and Audrey,

      Please forgive me for my late response. Thank you dear ones for leaving such kind comments.



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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Seems that I was on this wavelength today as well--beautifully done Kim!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      This poem resonates with me - your words convey so much from childhood through life and onward - the quiet flower imagery is so meaningful. thank you.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Genna, Shyron and Michael-Milec,

      Thanks so much for noticing the underlying meanings and thank you for your support via votes and shares. So much appreciated.



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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Clearly displayed concept of our visible temporary existence " where we are now."

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Kim, I LOVE THIS. such a beautiful poem.

      Voted up, UABI and shared



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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Profound and thought-provoking in its beauty and layered simplicity that says so much beyond the words through imagination and the senses. I loved this one, Kim.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Theresa, word55, Jo, CriSp, DDE, John, Suzette,

      Thanks to all for reading and leaving such kind comments. When writing this poem, I was actually inspired by a painting by a local artist. He is planning on publishing a book of his paintings and has asked me to help by providing poems to accompany the pictures of the paintings. All of your supportive comments make me think possibly it is something I Can do...


      Thank you for asking about my dad. Since losing mama, he had been doing as well as can be expected, but recently he has not seemed so well for his pulse has been running in the 30's and we have got him (finally) to agree to see a doctor. In the meantime, I worry about him

      being alone and since he will not come stay with me, I go stay with him.

      As Always My Many Blessings to All of You,


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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Our journey home decorated with wild flowers along the path. What a peaceful and serene image. I love wildflowers and see them everyday in the park where I walk. I will always think of this poem when I see a wildflower. Your poetry resonates with me.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      "Beautiful" seems to be the most popular term to describe this hub, Kim, and that sounds right to me as well. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Flowers are beautiful. You make us want to take care of flowers to show appreciation.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Delightful as always! And yes, we all have to stop sometimes to try to smell the flowers. :)

      Love from the sky~

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kim, this is precious. Profoundly beautiful.

      Blessings always.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hey Kim, simply beautiful. I love it!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Kim, this one is exquisite and thought-provoking ...certainly a memorable and beautiful poem!

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Keeping you and your dad in my thoughts and prayers, sweet woman

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Jackie! Headed to my dad's to take care of him, but will be back tomorrow where I have access to computer to visit your page.



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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So beautiful Kim and reminds me of that beautiful flower we see here and there throughout life popping up from a planter of so long ago. Voted up and sharing. Have a great weekend!