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The Perfect Rose

I know where grows a perfect rose
And so I'm lucky I suppose
Since it's well known they're seldom grown
On feral vine or pampered rows.

They grow instead in random beds
And just by chance or grace instead
And seldom seen by King or Queen
But just by luck, or so it's said.

I found one though at Mom's chateau
All by itself within a row
Of ancient root, one single shoot
From withered stock it had arose.

There's still some shine in that old vine
As if it were by God's design
To raise its head in Mother's bed
To that I guess I should resign.

The perfect rose that seldom grows
On feral vine or pampered rows...
But grows instead in flower beds
Of yet another perfect rose!


                               Timothy I. Brumley


 To my Mother with love.

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  1. Date: 1/21/2014 11:00:00 AM
    i joined last night. I enjoyed The Perfect Rose. Iambic Tetrameter is my favorite meter. You use it flawlessly in this lyrical, heart-rending composition. It's nice to meet you Gene Bourne.

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 5:57:00 PM
    hey, just noticing you have been gone quite a while. what happened to you??

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 4:56:00 PM
    That perfect rose, when found is to be treasured. Lovely piece thanks Lizzie.

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 1:13:00 PM
    I think you are First Place....very lovely...thanks .....

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 12:50:00 PM
    A truly beautiful tribute to your mother. Just wanted to say l totally agree with what you wrote on Brian's blog. The only sensible solution. Mahalo

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 9:09:00 AM
    Messaage I get is we have to die to live again! Such comfort!

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 8:26:00 PM
    See, your fans are here all waiting foryouy; keep upthe great work and don't leave us for so long again! :)

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 2:55:00 PM
    Enjoyed this one ..The topic is one of my favorites..It has very good flow, rhyme and rhythm..I am glad that I stopped by..Sara

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 11:23:00 AM
    Beautiful poem and a perfect rose to your sweet mom.....love it. - well done - thank you Timothy. - oxox Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 8:45:00 AM
    lovely tribute to a great mom,lovely TIMOTHY

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 1:15:00 PM
    You are a magician where rhymes are concerned Tim.

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 7:24:00 PM
    This is absolutely lovely, timothy. I wrote a mother's tribute for my own mom many years ago and named it: I picked a Rose. It's not exactly like yours, but for me, the rose represents so many things, such as beauty and perfection. Truly my favorite flower and one of the best of the poet's universal symbols.

  1. Date: 6/21/2012 3:14:00 PM
    It's perfect, she will pinch herself to make sure it's real! Now go have your supper and write one for me! :) (that might be a challenge)