scene with gazebo

I completed the April challenge!logo-napowrimo

 

Roses have graced my life. Growing up, I admired my mother’s backyard roses with blooms of varied hues. I sniffed each bush’s blossoms to compare scents. Upon high school graduation, I received a lovely long-stemmed yellow rose. Later, I carried three pure white roses in my bridal bouquet and following the birth of each child, my husband presented me with a dozen red roses.

I’ve tried to tame wild roses in my farm garden: a yellow settlers’ rose (possibly planted by pioneers) and a pink prairie rose (our Iowa state flower). Roses require nurturing. Admire the roses and have respect for the thorns in life’s garden. Cut roses fade fast.

 

roses in the park

tender touch of Gardener

walking by my side

 

 

©Ryan Hawk/WPZ 2005, gazebo

prompt & photo – CDHK

respect fragile things

Red Poppy

red poppy by Robert Draves (@draves.robert)

 

leaves home for war
fresh budding youth with
proud ideal to serve country

 

mother cherishes each
scripted word of letters home,
hopeful heart brightens like flower

 

bomb blooms open, cries
for her as red blood darkens soil…
his flag-draped casket returns home

 

 

 


 Imaginary Garden with Real Toads‘  weekend mini-challenge with Magaly…

japanese spring (II)

Akebia Blossom

Akebia blooms – CDHK

akebia blooms

lavender shade’s wild desire

scent of chocolate

now i lay me down

A “gentle scent of lavender” at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today…

 

pillowed prayers’ peace

gentle scent of lavender

perfumes silent dreams

purple fields in evening praise

raise reverent cloistered blooms