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Evolution of a Flower

Youth Upon my flower I start a bloom My buds come willingly out And about the stem flows water The life breeding source of time I wield time as if I’m the master And my flower holds its precious drops Within my lovely petals, slyly setting Myself up higher than the ground Which holds my flower erect Simply what do I compose myself as If my bloom has not yet developed Straight into the whole bloom myself What do I say to my flower that holds The life of my soul by the water’s edge Where do I groom myself alive To seek the warmth of living As a whole, full bodied entity Where is my truth in life Elder I have seen the flowers traversing From my water bearing bud To my exhausted bloom of life Full of my splendor but fragile Subject to any climate changes And expressly sensitive to the lack of water Which happens more and more During this phase of my tired life I ponder my existence, why now Why do I lean towards death Right at this stage of existence So full and flourishing, perfect, flawless I only seek to live one more day By my beauty, I hope to be free To live with my water, nourishing water To love again, as I did once before Dead No longer am I vibrant, I cease I no longer carry water to my roots I don’t see anything, I feel nothing My roots have all dried up The is no more moisture within me I have no hope of keeping Anyone’s attention, save that of shock The shock of a dead flower before them I shall be removed from this Earth To make room for another bud To come in my place, soon life will return And I will be vibrant once again But now I waste away, to nothingness
Russell Sivey Contest: Talking to Yourself Sponsor: craig cornish 6/21/2013

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  1. Date: 7/11/2013 10:38:00 PM
    an excellent "talking to yourself" winning poem.... Congratulations, always & forever ~ Linda

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 9:08:00 AM
    Well crafted! Congrats on your well deserved win. AO

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 10:55:00 AM
    Russell I love your creative style for this theme. Congrats on a fine win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 12:16:00 AM
    congrats on your well-deserved win, russell... bouquets for you..:) huggs

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 1:53:00 PM
    Russell, thank you so much for your entry in my contest and a well deserved placement.

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 1:35:00 PM
    wow, love this, Russell

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 12:26:00 PM
    oh my... a wordsmith and storyteller you are.. the creative effort yo placed in this marvelous piece can not be rated... incredible, russell!,,:) hugggs

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 8:36:00 AM
    Wow........this was one of the more difficult challenges.....and you did an amazing job!! I'm so impressed!!

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 8:26:00 AM
    A fantastic personification. An outstanding poem.this should place high in 'Talking To Yourself' contest. Deep thoughts expressed. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 8:01:00 AM
    Russell, I am breathless at the beauty of your poetry, you inspire me to try this contest also, what an amazing theme, one has to dig deep for this one, I love it, and thanks so much for all your endless wonderful comments on my poetry, constance

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 12:46:00 AM
    I liked the personification, Russ. The flower seemed so helpless and the passing away inevitable. It sorta reminded me of a line from a Jack Johnson song, "And though you gotta go we'll keep a piece of your soul. One goes out, One comes in"... life will continue on in some shape or another no matter what happens! This should do well in the contest!

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 11:14:00 PM
    "Where have all the flowers gone?" The explanation was given in song by both Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Johnny Rivers. This is a good write Russell.