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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Veined Petals Will Fade






joyful hearts open

veined petals outstretched like hands

palms offering up


sweet perfume infused
air filling each breath breathing
a morning blessing

contentment is held
tenderly on palms turned up
veined petals will fade

witnessing this truth
does not diminish beauty
withered on the ground

living this moment
heals the rain of april’s tears
no denial—love

strength grows from remnants
of vulnerability
resting on our hearts





Today we welcome the qualities of: 
Gevurah she b'Tifferet - Discernment within the Heart
"Cultivating the strength to live with what is true even when it is difficult
We notice the joys, pains, challenges of our hearts,
       letting it all rise without judgment or shame.
The shining through of whatever is true brings healing." 
~ Rabbi Yael Levy


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44 comments:

  1. Your poem is like a tender prayer. Thank you always Laura for your inspirational posts. This one is lovely, and the wilted flower somehow, I don't know, it touched me.

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  2. Beautiful images are a lovely poem to match..

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  3. These images are beautiful Laura, and so are your words.
    I wish you a wonderful beginning to your week.

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  4. Beautiful macro shots ~ lovely ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  5. contemplative and lovely


    Warm Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

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  6. Very inspirational and fantastic composition on the photos.

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  7. the flower grows old and begins to crumble, but the color gets richer and deeper!! the images are beautiful laura, your words are thought provoking!!

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  8. Thinking along the same lines as Debbie -- thoughts of growing older but the beauty still remains. Lovely thoughts and images Laura. :)

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  9. strength grows from remnants
    of vulnerability
    resting on our hearts

    yes! indeed

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  10. strength grow from remnants of our vulnerability...true that...i really love your pics too...beautiful....

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  11. The photos are lovely!
    As always your poetry inspires.

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  12. A lovely way to start my day.... A morning blessing. Thanks Laura.

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  13. What a powerful statement through photographs, Laura.

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  14. Beautiful photographs and words Laura, thank you for sharing.

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  15. I love decaying flowers which never fail to remind me the fragility of life. They make me realize that I have to fully enjoy every precious moment !

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  16. I have come to expect nothing less than exqisite pictures that are a counterpoint to thoughtful verse. And here, you add that deft touch of truth - that withering does not diminish the beauty of creation, or its truth, that it is witness to creation. Wonderful.

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  17. Dear Laura, thank you. The rains came to my area also
    and the woods are lush and green all most like a rain forest. Too dense for me to walk through...

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  18. How absolutely lovely Laura! I am in awe.

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  19. Beautiful Laura.
    Very timely and most lovely.
    The perpetual change of life; in nature, in us.

    XXOO~~
    Anne

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  20. So positively serene. Love it. And the idea of petals outstretched like hands,...strength derived from vulnerability...beautiful.

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  21. A very beautiful series of haiku to compliment your excellent photos.

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  22. These are the most powerful bits of wisdom to me:

    "strength grows from remnants of vulnerability"

    "veined petals will fade
    witnessing this truth
    does not diminish beauty
    withered on the ground"

    You've offered a great deal of insight regarding beauty, vanity, decline, and death. "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting."

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  23. LOVED reading this & your beautiful pictures tell the story just that much better! great post, very endearing!

    I would LOVE for you to join our photography challenge sometime!! Finagle a Foto starts up Sunday, & is open all week) Hope to see ya soon!

    http://happyjax-melanie.blogspot.com/p/finagle-foto.html

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  24. Beautiful words and photographs. I love flowers when they have finished:)
    xx

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  25. Love the glorious photos, as always. And especially love the metaphor and the reality of withered blooms not diminishing the beauty, and, especially, your final stanza, the underlying truth of the whole. I am reading a feast this morning, in the garden of toads!!!!

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  26. "veined petals outstretched like hands

    palms offering up"

    This is such a perfect description of your second image, Laura! Such beauty here!

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  27. Hi Laura, I love this reflection into the softness of the petals. I connected this to the veins that are with in our own body, pumping out the beauty with in each of us.

    I too have muscle tightness and soreness when it is chilly and rainy. We have had this kind of weather for three days now. I am under a soft blanket with my three boys (2 black labs and my redbone)keeping warm and in silence listening to their snores and dreams. One was just barking in his sleep.

    Thank you for sharing this. Be well dear one...

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  28. Amazing... I second what Hannah said.

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  29. Oh, that last stanza. You got to the heart of the matter.

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  30. Beautiful, lyric and deeply true words, with some absolutely gorgeous photos to illustrate the poem's idea. Lovely, Laura.

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  31. So beautiful...the flower goes from veined beauty to its crumpled death...a bloom has much to teach about taking in every moment we are given

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  32. Beautiful words and pictures...Cheers ~

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  33. So beautiful.

    and if we could just let it all arise, just imagine the energy we can release from holding ourselves against ourselves.

    you r good blessing
    thanks for sharing

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  34. Beautiful writing. Really enjoyed the read. and those flowers are gorgeous. Thanks

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  35. So beautiful bloosom you captured!!!
    If you are a chic fans, you can also go on a journey in here: ray bans

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  36. Excellent sequences, pure poetry, delicious photos and words.

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  37. strength grows from remnants
    of vulnerability


    So many people FIGHT vulnerability, hide it. This is very thought provoking...

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