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The Maturing Orchid

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The Maturing Orchid

He meandered lonely
just a senior citizen
trawling the pathways of his computer,
when suddenly one day in a flash
an enchanting name jumped from the screen
into his unadjusted head,
whilst still in a daze
he had cut copied and pasted,
the delete key not an option
when sent to his favourites.
Then like magic, poetry began to appear
every single day a new poem would emerge
all written in a familiar dialect,
to begin with down to earth
raw unadulterated poetry
the kind that attaches itself to one’s mind
bores in to the head, rattles around
then lays awhile
then keeps coming on back, over and over again.
Poetry that penetrates, like an arrow,
pierces the heart, tends to linger
deep in one’s consciousness
disarming the most vehement of thought,
poetry that creates calmness
making one at ease, especially one 
old with age and recipient of an endowment of excruciating pain!
Soon the poetry began to blossom
as all creations do
in the springtime of their lives, 
the purity of Wild flowers, colours of the rainbow
free to sway within the gentle breeze,
soon each daily dose of verse begins to transpire
into carpets of lavender
upon the woodland stage, cascading Bluebells of joy,
the epitome of beauty unfolding
before one’s very eyes.
Again the poetry continues to consolidate,
poems of form formularized those conceived of 
the Peace Lillie so sensuous in shape
so assuring in grace, a hard life the Lillie endures
yet one, only of positivity etched into each stanza
of bold narration for all to peruse!
Then a transformation
to the Rose, the very sense of beauty,
when with words of wrought
thy language comforting long into the night
to ease each day a journey of plight,
yet for you sweet Rose
thy poetry, it is not at an end
when to the Orchid you graciously ascend!
Many are those that come and admire
the wonders of your beauty those words on fire,
yet some desire more
with cunning and subtlety
those to manipulate to control
for one’s own ends.
But the Orchid remains safe
suffers no fool,
nurtured in extreme climates
is strong and worldly wise,
the poetry just keeps on coming,
flowing like tears of joy,
from an eye of one who’s happiness
is assured every single day!


© Harry J Horsman 2012    

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  1. Date: 4/25/2013 1:15:00 PM

    Harry, what a brilliant write, enjoyed from start to finish!!

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 9:21:00 AM

    I think this is one of my favorites as well harry i would have placed it higher xx

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 7:49:00 PM

    A very nice poem, in the best poem contest... Congratulations, Harry . Have yourself a lovely evening @~>- Linda <3

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 7:37:00 PM

    Oh so stupendous, I can smell the flowers growing over there, congrats on your winning poetry dear Harry, your poem is the sunniest thing I read today in this weary rainy Toronto day, blessings to you xxx

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 1:05:00 PM

    Congrats on your win

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 10:52:00 AM

    Harry, Harry, Harry! Your poetry never ceases to amaze. This is excellent! Thank you so much for participating and congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 12/22/2012 11:36:00 AM

    A very thoughtful piece here Harry, that gently Tugs the reader along, its pictorial narrative; A real interesting one here my friend.."

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 7:55:00 PM

    I am so glad I chose to read this tonight....you had me hanging on everyword...i find orchids beautiful

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 3:20:00 PM

    WOW...is this you Harry... i admire all the beauty that lures me day after day.... I'm happy with the ending you find assuring within everyday... always~pd

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 5:12:00 AM

    This is too good my friend. The beauty of your Poem tells only one thing Harry that you have created a Gem here on PS. One would like to get lost in the realm of your created orchid to enjoy the colors beauty and the joy of good poetry. Great write without doubt. Sorry that I am responding a little late as I was outstation and thank you for your precious words on my series Poem Tesu. Love and best wishes always...Ravindra..Harry Horsman

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 3:19:00 PM

    You write as though you take in and hold all you see then capture so beautifully in words your interpretation, really a classic Harry, blessings, Carl

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 1:38:00 PM

    Wow! I don't know what to say? Other than Wow! That was beautifuly written.Geez! I should have been here yesterday for this one...I'll just take it as a Favorite of the heart.. Thanks Harry. :o)

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 4:19:00 AM

    Harry this is truly amazing, may you find all you need, and with words like this I am sure one day you will. Wonderful xx

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 2:09:00 AM

    Harry you have covered it from every angle, every facet, every possible direction and I just love it, very well done...David

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 10:16:00 PM

    I love the fragrant poetry of a rose. But beauty of the Orchid poem outshines all others. The Orchid is my favorite flower. My second favorite is the Bird of Paradise. Great poem Harry.

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 7:01:00 PM

    wonderful just wonderful love this poem an it is so true this sight has some of the greatest poetry on it i love coming here to read an your work is just the perfect way of putting it thank you very much for sharing your words with us here and for the nice comment on my poem Will You your friend Nita

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 5:51:00 PM

    "But the Orchid remains safe suffers no fool"...I like that line. This poem is amazing..The flowers come to life! Thank you for your inspiring and amazing compliments...Hugs, Holly

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 5:31:00 PM

    Please keep more poems like this one coming!!! BTW, I got a new cat today. She is pure black, like shiny satin. Her name was madame Razz but I am calling her Razzmatazz!!

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 5:30:00 PM

    wow, Harry, this radiates an exquisite metaphorical charm. thank you , dear friend, for posting this new poem today. I just love when you have something new for us to read on your list of poems. it's another snowy day here. wonder how it is there in England.

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 3:44:00 PM

    Harry very descriptive imagery you've created in your penned words. What more can I say a touching write. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Warm Wishes, Connie

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 2:42:00 PM

    Harry; You have outdone yourself with this one. This is the fun of poetry. Everyone writes different. Thanks for sharing. Many blessings. Lucilla

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 12:57:00 PM

    Harry, a truly awesome write, I so enjoyed reading it today. Constance

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 12:47:00 PM

    Just need one word Harry: GORGEOUS!!!! Wish you and your family a peaceful and lovely Christmas! - Hope Santa Clause does not forget you this year either. - Big hug from Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 12:46:00 PM

    Hi Harry, really liked this one a lot Harry, great images happening. Rollo

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 12:11:00 PM

    Wonderful imagery. Liked your write immensely!!!Mehnaz

  1. Date: 12/18/2012 11:09:00 AM

    Henry your poetry truly always leaves me breathless. This piece is amazing, I have no other words to describe it. Thank you for brightening my day with the beauty that is your poetry!