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


With Marie still M.I.A. I am trying something a little different. When she informed me of her absence, my first thought was to recruit one of you fine artists to fill in for Marie in offering the BLOOM. The mechanics of that would have been more than I had time for, sorry to say.

So here is my solution: There will indeed be two BLOOMS/poems chosen for the honor this week. One based on our regular Sunday seed, and the other will come from Wednesday’s IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – YOU PICK IT.


The predominant form this week appears to be the Cento, and some exceptional examples were displayed this week. We all find favorite or memorable lines in the works of others. Putting them together to have great minds convey one thought is an achievement all its own. Every poet who presented a Cento will be awarded a BEAUTIFUL BLOOM:

RJ CLARKEN – Circular Cento and Elephant Cento

RANDY BELL – I Will Leave Less That This Behind Me

WILLIAM PRESTON – A Cento For Songwriters


Please return to the IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – YOU PICK IT prompt and re-read these and other great poems and forms!

THE WALT COMBO (#2 on your menu):

The joining of two objects or ideas that are dissimilar to create a thought or union that can thrive and flourish was the assignment this week. It made as much sense as this confluence of poets who contribute here week in, week out. From the handful of seeds that began this POETIC BLOOMINGS journey, to the Botanical Garden of poetic thought it has become, the collection that has assembled here never ceases to amaze Marie and me.

This poem is the one chosen to be highlighted this week for the BEAUTIFUL BLOOM:

A flower soft, its beauty and fragrance entice. Amber, solid, hard an encasement to preserve and record such beauty. Concrete beauty, transparent hardness – most dissimilar yet brought together wonderfully in:

The Real Thing… (by Hannah Gosselin)
True love is untouchable;
a prehistoric flower frozen,
in a bit of golden-tinted amber.
yes, and miraculously ordinary,
in a breath-coveted.
Double helix-
placed in a petri
under close observation,
Replica of a replica
of a replica;
true love is untouchable.
abiding in a sunlit bubble,
an idea once conceived-
utterly magical.
There it stays,
A concept to strive for,
a notion trapped
in a timeless tawny potion.
Once it’s exposed-
cracked free from its casing
and shown to the world
it begins its slow decay;
true love cannot be replicated,
drop of resin gripped between fingertips
light reveals-
Copyright © Hannah Gosselin 2013

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19 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS – PROMPT #109

  1. Wowser, what a powerhouse of good poets and poems! Great picks, Walt!
    Congrats, friends!

  2. Thanks for the encouragement and inspirtation, Walt! This truly was a good (and fun) week for poeming. 😀

  3. Oh!! I’m SO pleased…and surprised. It’s such an honor to be awarded a bloom for this poem. Thank you, Walt, I’m so grateful.

    Congratulations to everyone on the centos…those are tricky and beautiful…puzzle pieces…such fun to play with words!

    Warm :)’s to everyone and I hope you all have a beautiful weekend.

    Thinking of Marie. ♥

  4. Henrietta Choplin on said:

    Yes… I couldn’t agree more with your selection, Walt!! Such beauty captured… Congratulations, Hannah, and have a lovely weekend also :)!!

    Also, congratulations to each Cento writer… I also think of them as lovely pieces of a puzzle…

  5. You cannot ‘box it up’ and sell it on the open market; Hannah’s “true love”.
    Hannah would be difficult to replicate, too.

  6. Don’t envy your task at all Walt, Great choices.
    Congratulations to Hannah, RJ, Randy, William, and Sheryl!
    WOW’S all around!

  7. sheryl kay oder on said:

    Centos are great fun. Thanks, Walt, for the nod to us all. Hannah, what interesting word pictures.

  8. William Preston on said:

    Congratulations, Hannah, for your Bloom; it’s well deserved. Your piece is profoundly moving.

    Thank you, Walt, for the nod to the centos, and congratulations to the others who wrote them. It’s a new form for em, so i am doubly appreciative, and a bit surprised.

  9. Congratulations Hannah! A beautiful poem with so much truth and heart. Real love, not the kind in the amber, can get sticky sometimes 😉

  10. And congratulations to the spectacular Centos! 🙂

  11. Hannah–lovely, lovely! Congrats on your bloom. And congrats to the Cento poets, too!

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