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Morning light bleeds color into the smoky night The orb of dawn seeps out from behind the hills Pieces at a time until made perfect at the crest of a knoll. Awakened in a mound of earth is a withered flower Stroked back to life by golden fingers Petals soft and unsure Coaxed open by moist daylight’s song. Endless is its name, endless is its beauty A smile tender and fanned about a crimson heart. Althea is a blossom that rises with the sun Is put to sleep when the white moon appears Because every day is a new life it does not fear death. ___ FYI: The rose of Althea, or 'Hibiscus Syriacus', is called 'mugunghwa' in Korean. 'Mugung' means 'endless', 'hwa' means 'flower'. It is the national flower of South Korea.

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Date: 11/20/2017 12:38:00 PM
This is a personal favorite of mine from you Grace, I love the nature and nostalgia you incorporate in certain poems.
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Date: 7/3/2010 12:14:00 AM
wow, your entry was amazing, Grace! congrats on your win. LUv, Andrea
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Date: 7/2/2010 10:34:00 PM
Congratulations, Grace on your 5th place. Agape, Moses
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Date: 7/2/2010 12:57:00 PM
Beautiful poetry Grace, thank you for sharing this gem with us. Many congratulations on your win in Constance's lovely contest >> James
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Date: 7/2/2010 10:16:00 AM
Congratulations Grace on your poem being in the spotlight in A Rambling Poet's contest "The Flower". Love, Carol
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Date: 7/1/2010 8:22:00 PM
Wonderful poem for a beautiful flower - Congrat's on your win!~Tirzah~
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Date: 7/1/2010 8:10:00 PM
A beautiful piece !CONGRATS to you ~I LOVE THIS ONE!!!!!!~Rick
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Date: 7/1/2010 7:58:00 PM
I thought I knew most flowers ,gardener that I am but this is new to me. Probably too much rain here for her sun loving self. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce
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Date: 7/1/2010 7:45:00 PM
Beautiful ,CONGRATS to you!!~Rick
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Date: 7/1/2010 6:57:00 PM
Congrats Grace on your winning poem in the Flower contest with a lovely write about the rose.. perfect poem for a perfect win .. enjoy .. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii.. amongst flowers in the Garden Isle.. AlohA...
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Date: 7/1/2010 6:42:00 PM
Congratulations, Grace, on 5th place in my Flower Contest, with this beautiful poem... Love Constance
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Date: 6/26/2010 3:28:00 AM
Althea is one of my favorites..The purple and pale pink being my favorite colors of that particular flower..They are influenced by the sun and moon like the moon flower or lunar flower ...Glad that you penned this one..Sara
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