Change can come in many variances, Sometimes good. Sometimes hard to swallow. But every change (even just for the sake of change) offers a perspective we may not have noticed. Our poems this week spoke of change and our accepting/denial of same. In this game of life, the world changes. The question remains, can we keep pace. The Beautiful Blooms for this week:

Marie’s Pick:

My pick this week is Patricia A. Hawkenson’s “Stay Within the Lines.” She begins with a title that clearly has more than one meaning, but we don’t see that until we read through to the end. Her line breaks are used effectively, and add to the enjoyment of the poem, IMHO. Nature “growing” from the spilled crayons made me smile … quite a creative way to think of it. But the end? Oh the end … it made my heart sink.

Outstanding, Patricia. (Nothing new for you.)

Stay Within the Lines
By Patricia A. Hawkenson

The box spilled
its contents rolled
and grass and flowers grew
then trees with swings
and birds flew
beyond the buildings
to the clouds
till Mama said,
“You can use a different crayon.”
But I colored everything
a happy orange
until I knew
what black and blue meant
and put my colors



Walt’s choice:

My selection is a hopeful poem. The embrace of oneself accepting our faults and learning to get by on our confidence and self-assurance. An although it escapes us more times than not, Our happiness lies within that adherence of “wisdom with age”. Michelle Hed, this “Bloom’s” for you!

ELUSIVE by Michelle Hed

They say wisdom comes with age –

She dyed her hair to hide the gray,
she bought new clothes for self-esteem,
she played games with words
whether cutting or witty,
positive being brutally honest
would be less hypocritical
then telling white lies.

Then she changed –

She embraced her hair with grace and wit,
she bought new clothes for fun,
she played with words on paper
and tried to only speak words
of kindness and love
and she found that sometimes
not telling the complete truth
was kinder to the recipient.

And she discovered –

She found more joy in her life,
loving herself and giving of herself
to others via time, word or deed
than in any other time in her life.
She took more joy from the small
things in life, she slowed down
the pace and smiled at the person
she was becoming, knowing she
was finally on the right path for her.
She is still changing.



10 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS – WEEK # 17

  1. Two superb choices. I love them both, with the edge going to the second one, as that is a great summation of my philosophy. I didn’t have time to write my change poem this week, and now I feel guilty!

  2. Thank so much Walt! 🙂 I’m honored to have been chosen. Here is to hoping we never stop changing and that we continue to change for the better.

    Patricia – what a hauntingly beautiful poem. I’m honored to be in such good company today.

  3. Two beautiful poems. Congrats! I had just finished reading Elusive by Michelle Hed, And stay within the lines was just as delectable.

  4. Both beautiful poems in their own right, and yet, so very different in perspective and theme. Well done, ladies! PSC 🙂

  5. Yeah… Patricia and Michelle are two very deserving women whom I admire greatly… nice pick, Walt and Marie.

  6. 60

    You’re lucky to be sixty,
    I will not give you grief.
    Instead, I’ll share my philosophy,
    For this is my belief.

    Now that you are sixty
    Your children are probably grown,
    And if by chance they have a job
    Your life is now your own.

    By the time that you reach sixty
    You know just who you are.
    Considering your crazy twenties,
    You have come quite far.

    If you are still married at sixty
    Your marriage is probably good;
    You have someone who certainly loves you,
    And you are understood.

    If you look forward to retirement
    The time is drawing near;
    No more putting off vacations
    For another year.

    You know your friends are plenty.
    Your memories are numerous too.
    If your health and wealth are adequate,
    Your problems are probably few.

    In conclusion, in your sixties
    You have happiness beyond compare,
    So whatever you wish for the rest of your life,
    I truly hope you get there.

  7. I have been away from the internet for the last few days, but how wonderful to come back to such kind comments! Thank you, Poetic Bloomings, for the nod, and to the others here who read or comment. Praise is encouragement to write more. I did make slight changes to this poem by the time it posted on my own blog, but it still has the same story. I am glad we found each other here. Thanks!

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