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My Mother Taught Me Everything I Know About the Flower

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My Mother Taught Me Everything I Know About the Flower

My mother taught me everything I Know 
About the flower, 
From azaleas to zinnias 
And the heavenly golden hours;

Shortly after sun up when 
We sense the world profound; 
And later on when nearly gone, fading 
Fast when stars come ‘round.

She sang and danced with daffodils
And smiled at the scent of a rose;
Gave thanks and praise for the One who made
Periwinkles, poppies and marigolds.

My mother sewed seeds that outwitted weeds
Leaving them withering away;
Of Love-in-a-Mist with her own sweet kiss
She planted on petals each day.

While waiting for gardenias, daisy’s 
And lilacs to arise;
Together we watched as nature taught 
Us to open our eyes.  

To the mystery below the surface, 
The roots deep in the ground;
Water, sky, air connected some-where
Beauty remains unbound.

My mother taught me everything I know 
More true than weeping willows cry;
How color filled buds lift hearts and souls
With sorrowful, tear filled eyes.  

And that living and dying are one and the same
As light is both wave and other;
On the edge of tomorrow where love knows no sorrow 
And flowers bloom bright
With my mother.      


Copyright © Terrell Martin

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  1. Date: 9/13/2011 4:32:00 PM
    Great write Terrell. I especially loved the quartet ending in "Beauty remains unbound", MY GOD! IT WAS JUST BEAUTIFULL!

  1. Date: 9/11/2011 1:10:00 PM
    life is short but we can live beautiful until death comes to claim us. Your mother is wonderful.

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 7:52:00 PM
    Your mom is quite a lady to have such knowledge about gardens and you did a wonderful verse on the captivating varieties of a special garden.

  1. Date: 9/8/2011 12:42:00 AM
    Wow. Terrell....another masterpiece....This is truly lovely..and you painted such a beautiful picture....luv it, luv it.. luv it..

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 4:27:00 PM
    Terrell such a beautiful piece of poetry..lovely visuals and the luv for Mother is so powerful and evident.. my Mom when alive was a flower person also.. yellow roses her fav.. and I luv orchids.. u have educated me on some others so thankxx luv..