POETIC BLOOMINGS is a Phoenix Rising Poetry Guild site established in May 2011 to nurture and inspire the creative spirit.


The journey is long. Hopefully, it lasts even longer. And through our travels we walk in various stages. We’re holding our parent’s  hand, we’re learning to walk on our own. We walk with companions; we walk alone, we follow and lead, but indeed, we move forward. Teaching and learning from each other and discovering ourselves in the process. And our process requires that Marie and I choose one poem from this collection of outstanding work. So, our BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS.


One thing is certain:  The path through Poetic Bloomings is beautifully (exquisitely) adorned with spirited, brilliant poetic hearts.  We appreciate each and every one of you.

This week, I offer my Beautiful Bloom to Linda Swenski for PERCEIVE THYSELF.  This poem is written simply and from the heart. I can relate to its message, and the life lesson it gracefully proclaims.  Linda, I believe we are kindred spirit.  Thank you for the valuable message in this candid piece.  You made me smile.

PERCEIVE THYSELF (by Linda Swenski)

I have spent a lifetime
trying to find that talent or skill
that would make me a leader–
That would make me respected.

I am not strong or coordinated
I can’t sing, play sports, or model.
I am not beautiful or rich or powerful.
I am smart, but not a genius.

I have none of the attributes
that makes one great, makes one a leader.
So I followed those with the talents.
I tried to be like them, and failed.

Thereafter, I just raised my children,
did my job, and was a good friend.
I entertained myself by writing,
joking, and creating beautiful things.

Then one day a group referred to me
as the person who could do everything.
All the small skills that seemed insignificant to me
were perceived by others as a big talent!

Life is not always measured
by the big successes
but is often seen as a collection
of the very small ones.


The life stories expressed by all of our poets are beautiful journeys to self and happiness and discovery. They are all new and I’ve learned a bit about our talented gardeners. However, the poem selected is a continuing glimpse of a story that unfolds in bit and pieces. If you read her blog and follow some incredible work, you’ll understand. So, in consideration of some of the most fabulous poems posted to date, I offer my BLOOM to Meena Rose’s “Bubble Girl”.

Bubble Girl (by Meena Rose)

Smoke and ash and burnt flesh;
Relentless waves of agony as
Broken glass shreds feet.

Insanity, chaos and ruin
Rain down on ears deafened,
Howling shrieks of grief.

Ignored amidst the din, she vowed
She will not let anyone forget her again;
She shut the world out.

She walks alone neither alive nor dead;
Watching, seeking, judging –
Is it worthy of her return?

A butterfly lands on her nose
Passing on nature’s caress –
Yes, indeed, it is time to return.

Congratulations to Linda and Meena for your BEAUTIFUL BLOOM awards.

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32 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS – PROMPT #57

  1. Henrietta Choplin on said:

    Gorgeous selections!!! Congratulations, Linda and Meena Rose!!

  2. Wow, thanks. I humbly accept the honor of this bloom and congratulate Meena as well. Poetic Bloomings is such healthy soil in which to plant the seeds of poetry and be fertilized by so many talented poets! And another thanks to Marie Elena and Walt for all the time and energy they spend providing this wonderful site and helpful feedback!

    • Linda, thank you! And congratulations to you too!

      A universal truth you have so freely shared and helped so many with:

      “Life is not always measured
      by the big successes
      but is often seen as a collection
      of the very small ones.”

  3. Oh, yeah! Truth in beauty in BOTH! You ladies rock! Keep ’em coming!

  4. Wonderful work, Linda and Meena!
    Meena, you continue to both woo and wow me. Loving your words. I hope you’ll stop by my prompt at Flashy Fiction tomorrow and share more of this Bubble Girl with us. 😉

    • Flashy Fiction: let’s see ALL my friday fiction has been prompted by you guys. Michael Grove, Walt Wojtanik (2x) , RJ Clarken… Check… Rest assured I will visit with all your muses and will gladly follow where you will lead me…

      Woo and wow are fine… just stay away from woe 🙂

      Thank you so much, De… you are like the poet big sister I look up to 🙂

  5. Yay! Lovely choices, both! Congrats to Meena and Linda for your beautiful blooms! 🙂 And thanks, Walt & Marie — for tending this garden! :-))

  6. Walt and Marie: Thank you. Truly. With all the great poetry for you to choose from each week, I do not envy you your task. This year… this drive… hellbent on a mission of vindication… you have no idea for how much you have replenished my tank… eternal gratitude!

  7. Perfect picks you two!!! Congratulations to you both, Linda and Meena!! Smiles!

  8. Marjory M Thompson (MMT) on said:

    Linda- Congrat. I really enjoyed the truth you wrote and will again say how important all the little things (which are not REALLY little) are – Pluse no woman is ever ‘just’ a mother or homemaker = they are special gifts from God for each to treasure.

    Meena – Congrat also – I think I better check out your web-site to enjoy more of your writting.

  9. Again, thanks Marie Elena and Walt – two stellar picks for blooms this week; one very modest offering from Linda who didn’t know she was leading all along and the other, Meena’s punch to the gut that sent me reeling with its gutsy return to us … congrats to you both!

    • Poetic Bloomings on said:

      Oh Sharon, you don’t know the half of it. Meena’s story of survival is incredible. That she can write it so honestly is a testament to her resolve and character. W.

      • Thank you, Walt. My story of survival was made possible by resourceful parents who sacrificed themselves and their families to see their children to safety. I am stubborn I will admit that 🙂

    • Sharon, my friend. I am not sure if a punch to the gut is a good thing or a bad thing. We all have baggage… mine happens to be bloody and painful. Sometimes I air it out.

  10. Congratulations, Meena and Linda!

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  12. What a contrast between the two Blooms, and what beautiful poems.
    in haste – ViV

  13. Yes, what a treat! Congrats to Linda and Meena.

  14. Linda and Meena Rose – excellent choices from Marie and Walt.
    Linda, your ending has found a comfortable chair in my mind.
    Meena, your poem is devastating, but the touch of nature softened
    it and made it hopeful.

    • Thank you, purpleinPDX 🙂 Indeed, grateful that hurt never lasts, and feelings of angst are not native to my being. It was to surrender to the peace about me once I could recognize it.

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