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Wild Love

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Wild Love

The blackberry's love for the garden rose
Brought down the gardener's wrath.
The blackberry sensed the danger
As he wended the garden path.

" A love so true as mine", he sighed,
"Must dare to brave the hoe.
Just a few more feet to reach her,
My true love she must know."

He crept along so quietly,
Sometimes quite out of sight
Until he nudged his darling's feet.
Did he dare to trust the light?

He heard the gardener's heavy boot
And hid in craven shame.
He knew he'd soon be weeded out,
A seedling with no name.

"Have I no worth since I don't rate
Some Latin nomenclature?
Without a well known parentage
Am I a freak of nature?

His darling's line was long and pure,
No skeletons in her past.
He had to make his feelings known.
Those boots were treading fast.

Gently then he wrapped his vine
Around his loved one's spine.
In great amazement he opined,
"Her thorns are sharp as mine".

The sweet rose felt his tender touch
And realized his fear
And wondered at his bravery
In coming to her here.

She heard the swishing of the hoe,
She heard those nearing feet.
Quietly letting down her leaves 
In a manner so discreet

She covered her wild lover.
The gardener unaware,
Stopped but to view her beauty.
He saw naught hiding there.

She whispered, "You are safe now".
The blackberry's heart was light,
Thankful that his dear sweet rose
Had not exposed his plight.

"A rose is still a rose." she said,
"By any other name
And in our distant ancestry,
We share some of the same".

"I'd rather know your wild love,
Than a love that's dull and tame,"
Cuddling close, returned his kiss
Without a bit of shame.

Next season there were seedlings
Of a very different kind.
The gardener delighted, cried
"A horticultural find."

The moral of this story?
Things aren't always what they seem.
The love you look down on today,
Could be tomorrow's dream.



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  1. Date: 5/16/2014 7:03:00 AM
    A hearty congrats on this winning presentation! I simply love it! Straight into my fav it goes!!!!

  1. Date: 5/25/2013 4:31:00 PM
    Congrats on your poem and win. I enjoyed this.

  1. Date: 5/24/2013 7:03:00 PM
    Joyce I praise your originality and creative imagination. Enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on your well deserve win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/24/2013 1:40:00 PM
    JOYCE, congratulations with your winning poem, in the "Incurable Romantic" contest... ~xox* Linda

  1. Date: 5/23/2013 10:00:00 PM
    Neat story I'll say! I liked your rhyming words and your moral, and everything else too! Very imaginative!

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 10:12:00 PM
    This is such a refreshing read, Joyce! I was definitely smiling as I read this, really enjoying it, especially thinking how you related this to your love for gardening! I found it so cool that you did! That line, about "Latin nomenclature" just reeled me in... you did an amazing job here, a twist on a love story-- I am still smiling... thank you for this! So happy to read this one ;) -- nikko :)

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 9:29:00 PM
    Andrea, has good taste Joyce, a nice and awesome win... Congratulations with your awesome #1. I love many of Andrea's favorite poems. always~ Good Night* PD

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 3:18:00 PM
    oh joyce this is so sweet! so glad I read this cute little gem, congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 1:52:00 PM
    Thank you for this brilliant write Joyce... Congrats on your deserving win in Andrea's contest.

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 6:30:00 AM
    Joyce, this is extremely well done. Congrats!

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 9:10:00 PM
    oh that is just adorable, no wonder Andrea loved it, congrats on your win Joyce

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 8:34:00 PM
    Congrats, very nice poem, congratulations on a deserved poem. Love Terry xoxo

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 6:01:00 PM
    Oh Joyce, outstanding poem. I am raving this and sending to mom. She will love it too. J

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 4:22:00 PM
    I love this, Joyce. The rhythm and rhyme are spot on, and the ideas you present are very creative. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 12:17:00 PM
    Geez, Joyce, you've really outdone yourself on this one. I can't imagine the hours you must have spent smoothing and polishing. Congratulations on a well-deserved win, my friend. :)

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 11:47:00 AM
    This is absolutely amazing my dear friend Joyce! Big warm congratulations on your grand win! Thank you also for sharing! I love it and I've enjoyed so much. love and big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 10:34:00 AM
    many congratulations on your double win Joyce , first as a fave and now this xx

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 10:06:00 AM
    joyce - this a absolutely wonderful! you've told a charming story in gorgeous rhyme and made your flowers really come to life. i love it!

  1. Date: 1/19/2010 3:03:00 AM
    Congratulations Joyce, on your placement in John Heck’s “Love is in the Air” contest with this perfectly charming poem entwined with wisdom and insight. It's easy to see why you did so well. Your poetic light is bright. Lovingly, Dane Ann.

  1. Date: 1/17/2010 6:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in John's contest Joyce. I can see he had a hard time picking the winners. Some fabulous poetry was entered. Love, Carol

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