Who are your heroes? We chose our mentors for various reasons and hold them in high regard. What would you do with your super powers? What happens when you put on the cape? Our poets did a super human job expressing this concept. The secret identities of our BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS will now be exposed:


“The Garden” this week was flooded with inspiration!  So many positively wonderful thoughts, so much color and creativity – making it once again so very difficult to choose one bloom.  Yet there is one that is so simply stated, so charming, so selfless in its intent, that I decided it must be chosen:  Paula Wanken‘s shadorma entitled “SUPER POWERS.”    Paula, this poem shines with your selfless character and beauty.  Thank you for this gem!

(a shadorma)

within you
lies a super strength
to face all
life throws you;
my Super Power would be:
to help you see it

P. Wanken


We all have our preconceived notion of what a super hero is. Leaping tall buildings and fighting crime are fine, but doing something for someone can make you the greatest hero of them all. Linda Swenski portrayed that idea quite well in her BEAUTIFUL BLOOM, HEROIC.

HERIOIC by Linda Swenski

I’d like to fly. I’d like to soar.
But some things matter even more.
I want to be the one admired
And recognized while finely attired.
I’d love the glory and high acclaim:
For everyone to know my name!

A lottery winner! A superstar!
A rapper in a fancy car.
Someone known by a single name—
Unlimited money and massive fame.
Is that what makes a person great?
I thought so, but my heart said, “Wait!”

Is this what determines a person’s worth—
A talent or accident of birth?
No. Heroism is so much more.
Its what is at a person’s core.
No need for cape, money, or glory.
A hero has a different story.

The man who saved a person’s life,
Or helped a friend through pain or strife,
The mom who raised her kids alone;
This is how true strength is shown.
We are all heroes every day,
Doing something great in some small way.

My feet are now back on the ground.
To be a hero, just look around.
Just find someone who needs a hand,
Or perhaps a friend to understand.
There is so much that we can do,
So let’s be heroes, me and you.