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28 December 2017

That Sentimental Place, the Past

She dreams of roses. Her father grew them
when she was a child, in all the colours
roses came in then. She remembers him
tending them closely. He would be outdoors
morning and evening, flexing his green thumb
(he hoped) outside his daily working hours,
and longer on weekends. The hues and scents
he revelled in, she treasures … and laments.

Yet another ottava rima for the Poetic Asides form challenge

Also shared with Poets United's Poetry Pantry #387

24 comments:

  1. So beautiful, and takes me back to my grandmother's garden which she tended so lovingly...........sigh. I really loved this one, Rosemary. I can see your father, with his green thumb. And I remember the swing he made for you.

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  2. So sweet. And how lovely to get on a daily basis beautiful roses from you on FB:)

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  3. The way that memory is welded to those roses... !!!

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  4. Such a touching tribute - long may you smell those glorious roses

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  5. Memories, and the love for others hurt when they have gone. How beautiful this is Rosemary.

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  6. This is so beautiful, Rosemary. I can picture your father outside in his daily working hours.

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  7. I'm with Sherry - your poem takes me back to my grandfather's garden and the overwhelming scent and buzzing of bees in the summer. However, it wasn't all roses; I had a bad experience with thorns!

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  8. A beautiful memory of roses and a father's love! 😊

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  9. memories can be bittersweet.
    ah, your blog header photo is a rose. :)

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    1. I don't grow them, but I do love to photograph them.

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  10. Love it... such a great memory, not just roses but how they are tended which is maybe the more important part.

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  11. A beautiful fragrant poem
    Happy Sunday Rosemary

    much love...

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  12. The rose was my Father's favorite. Thanks for the lovely write.

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  13. It's impossible for me to read this poem without thinking of the daily roses with which you give your daily prayer for us on FB. You have taken this wonderful memory and paid it forward in poem and action.

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  14. ...yes the scent is ever present. I will take a moment with my past. Thank you for this wonderful piece and its invitation.
    ZQ

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  15. I never told you this before, but you look just like my mother-in-law. (X, now.) Lol! I like you much better!

    Roses need loving care when grown, after they're picked and given to a person they portray all of that care. Our poems are also tended that way aren't they? I also thank you for the sweet roses you give so lovingly. You are such a special woman I am lucky to call friend.

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    1. I love your comparison between roses and poems. (And I'm glad you like me better than the ex-mother-in-law!)

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  16. For years my rose memories were connected to my grandmother's funeral. I couldn't stand the scent because it took me back to being nine years old standing by her casket in a rose filled room. I much prefer your beautiful memories of the flower.

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  17. A father's dedication can go a long way to his other loved ones who will always remember him with love and a tinge of sadness! Thanks for sharing Rosemary!

    Hank

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  18. You have captured the essence of bitter-sweet, here. Lovely.

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  19. I love the sensitivity in this and the subtle yet unmistakable sentiment. What a lovely poem.

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  20. The past and present intermingle, sometimes causing laments--or delights.

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