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


Perspective tells a slightly different story, and this exercise shows it clearly. We look at a child from a lifetime of our experience; they see that moment and revel in it. This brief piece by Henrietta Choplin says much to earn this Bloom.

A Soft Place to Fall by Henrietta Choplin

Our Gramma’s hands won’t let us fall
Our little swings will not see-saw,
Our smooth transition graceful, tall.

Close your eyes, swing to the sky
You’re safe, secure surrounded by
My dreamy fairies’ watchful eyes.

(Poem w/image: http://lettheballoonssailmeaway.wordpress.com)

© Henrietta Choplin, 2014


One of the most sold greeting cards are the heart shaped tableaus at Valentine’s Day. Here, are two poems that approach that day from two completely separate emotions. Sal Butacci and Earl Parsons both chose to fete this celebration, and both earn a Bloom!

Valentine’s Day is Here by Salvatore Butacci

Valentine’s Day is here at last!
Let’s give our love a start.
I’m making me a monster
And I need to have your heart.
It’s got a brain I stole last week
From someone in the dark,
But right now in this greeting
I’m asking for your heart.
I’ll keep it warm and beating
Inside my monster’s chest.
Let’s wish it all the best.

(C) Salvatore Butacci


My Valentine by Earl J Parsons

My valentine, my love, my life
My soul mate, my heartbeat, my wife.
My desire, my reason to live.
My dear, it’s my all that I give.

I thank God that He led me to you.
I thank God for the words, “I do.”
I thank God for the gift of romance.
I thank you for giving me a chance.

You complete me, you fill my soul.
You please me, and make me whole.
You have me, forever I will be true
You love me, forever I will love you.

We’ve got something that’s rarer than gold.
We’ve got true love, to have and to hold.
We’ve got happiness, and that’s just the start.
We’ve got each other, two loves, one heart.

Especially for you on Valentine’s Day.

© 2003 Earl Parsons


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  1. Aww… thanks, so much!! Congratulations, Sal and Earl!!

  2. Awesome poems and poets!! Well done and congratulations to each of you, Hen, Sal and Earl! 🙂

  3. Three such different blooms! Sweet, quirky and loving, in that order.

  4. I’m happy to be in the company of such good poets Henrietta and Earl! Congrats to you both.

  5. Congrats to Hen, Sal & Earl! Great poems, all.

  6. Congrats, friends! Terrific poems!

  7. I am truly grateful to the owner of this site who has shared
    this wonderful piece of writing at here.

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