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Morning light bleeds color into the smoky night
The orb of dawn seeps out from behind the hills
Pieces at a time until made perfect
at the crest of a knoll.

Awakened in a mound of earth is a withered flower
Stroked back to life by golden fingers
Petals soft and unsure
Coaxed open by moist daylight’s song.

Endless is its name, endless is its beauty
A smile tender and fanned about a crimson heart.

Althea is a blossom that rises with the sun
Is put to sleep when the white moon appears
Because every day is a new life
it does not fear death. 


FYI: The rose of Althea, or 'Hibiscus Syriacus', is called 'mugunghwa' in Korean. 'Mugung' 
means 'endless', 'hwa' means 'flower'. It is the national flower of South Korea.

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  1. Date: 7/3/2010 12:14:00 AM
    wow, your entry was amazing, Grace! congrats on your win. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/2/2010 10:34:00 PM
    Congratulations, Grace on your 5th place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 7/2/2010 12:57:00 PM
    Beautiful poetry Grace, thank you for sharing this gem with us. Many congratulations on your win in Constance's lovely contest >> James

  1. Date: 7/2/2010 10:16:00 AM
    Congratulations Grace on your poem being in the spotlight in A Rambling Poet's contest "The Flower". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 8:22:00 PM
    Wonderful poem for a beautiful flower - Congrat's on your win!~Tirzah~

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 8:10:00 PM
    A beautiful piece !CONGRATS to you ~I LOVE THIS ONE!!!!!!~Rick

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 7:58:00 PM
    I thought I knew most flowers ,gardener that I am but this is new to me. Probably too much rain here for her sun loving self. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 7:45:00 PM
    Beautiful ,CONGRATS to you!!~Rick

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 6:57:00 PM
    Congrats Grace on your winning poem in the Flower contest with a lovely write about the rose.. perfect poem for a perfect win .. enjoy .. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii.. amongst flowers in the Garden Isle.. AlohA...

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 6:42:00 PM
    Congratulations, Grace, on 5th place in my Flower Contest, with this beautiful poem... Love Constance

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 3:28:00 AM
    Althea is one of my favorites..The purple and pale pink being my favorite colors of that particular flower..They are influenced by the sun and moon like the moon flower or lunar flower ...Glad that you penned this one..Sara