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I Am an Iris

I am an Iris

Sometimes sporting a fuzzy beard,
I hear wisdom say, “Do not shave.”
“It would come back thicker,” it warns.
To razors I’ll not be a slave.

Elusive is “promise in love,”
but my purple face is fearless.
Nurturing true love takes effort;
to snapdragons I am earless.

Faith has shown I reap what I’ve sown.
Though Iris’s lifespan is short,
a bulb of hope roots in my heart
where butterflies are my escort.

*Iris means “wisdom and valor, faith, promise in love, hope”
Written May 3, 2015 for Andrea’s Flower contest


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  1. Date: 5/4/2015 12:20:00 AM

    You have integrated the meaning well. I like what is implied in that first stanza. Very clever. Good luck in the contest.
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 10:20:00 PM

    Beautiful write Carolyn ... love the humor in the first stanza....
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 6:28:00 PM

    i did know about the Iris previously. Just come to know from you frist time. Really, i loved it. For Iris's wisdom.... 7+++. Good luck in the contest, my lovely friend. Loved always,bl
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 3:56:00 PM

    beautifully penned Carolyn Andrea will have a tough time judging this one have seen some cracking poems:-) Good luck! :-) Hugs Jan xx 7 xx
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 2:56:00 PM

    Life is short and we all reap what we've sown, though sometimes what we've sown may not flourish from a drought...and that's where your bulb of hope comes in..good luck in the contest
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 2:36:00 PM

    Beautiful last line, Carolyn!
  1. Date: 5/3/2015 2:35:00 PM

    Another beauty from your very talented quill and perfect entry for the contest! I enjoyed your comments re the Income tax write. How you been? Take good care - bob h