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The Tilted Dahlias

On a sage green wall that once wore a blank look
dangling helplessly, without a complaint 
slightly askew, a tilt to the left
giving the viewer a crick of the neck

It hangs precariously, for an eager assessment
without annoyance, of an "either" or an "or"...
or a "helter or skelter"
Instead there's a "take me or leave me" 
in the bold assumption 
No hestatation came from the eager hands
that held it up in restless haste,
hammered a nail with pride and conviction
and placed it there with ardent fervor

Sharing a warmth of a seasonal decade....
this amateurish, yet delightful landscaped garden
sings in the sunshine, and smelling of springtime
shouting with color, and sprinkled with lavender
flavored with turpentine, and oil-painted rainbows

In the lower left corner, is an array of dahlias,
bursting with crimson, never changing or fading
never thirsty for water,
barren of a single, silent, dried up weed
and free of decay, dismay or mold

Now it is old.........dust to dust......ash to ash
he takes with him the pride he found

...still holding the brush stroke of a satisfied smile 


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  1. Date: 5/27/2013 12:33:00 PM
    a wonderful image of a jumbled but pretty garden. Congratulations SuZ

  1. Date: 5/27/2013 6:59:00 AM
    congrats on a great win

  1. Date: 5/27/2013 4:57:00 AM
    Many Congratulations xx

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 7:01:00 PM
    Just wonderful Carrie, as always. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 6:16:00 PM
    Congratulations Carrie. You deserve this first place win. An excellent description of the painting. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 12/14/2012 7:49:00 AM
    Ohhh, I love this! Your descriptions are perfect - I can picture this painting so well in my mind. Congratulations on a very well-deserved win!

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 6:19:00 PM
    What a fine write not sure if this is a wallpainting or wallpaper but it is a beauty. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 11:48:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 8:09:00 AM
    Many congratulations on your win my dear Carrie! love and hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 2:55:00 AM
    Carrie, congrats on your win, I love this...David

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 12:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your winning spot Carrie love xx

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 10:02:00 PM
    Congratulations Carrie.....Seren

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 7:57:00 PM
    Life’s picture itself is “askew”. One must learn to accept the mass as it is, in order to appreciate small quantities of beauty that exist within its borders. Congratulations Carrie.

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 9:28:00 PM
    Mercy me, Carrie!...Here you go again...'shouting with color'??...'free of decay, dismay or mold'??...What the heck are you trying to do to me?...I'm quite sure you have hatched a cunning plot to break down my defenses...So very thankful and glad to see you writing have been sorely missed - Tim

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 10:54:00 AM
    very nice ,great write Carrie

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 9:00:00 PM
    sounds lovely. hugs, catie :)