It is your time to color the land,
littered with scars and stains
created by careless hands;
some too harsh and cruel,
to hold the beauty
that bursts from you.
Crush you, some might try,
with a palm, a bulldozer, or a bomb,
but you will rise again,
for you are strength,
delivered in delicate perfection:
a powerful combination
that many fail
Don’t waste your brilliance
trying to explain.
Whispers, lost on fools,
scattered in the wind.
to your roots, all that is golden,
fortifying your foundation,
you and the next generation
Rise Lady, Rise!
Miss Lady Banks has returned! If only the peace and beauty she brings, during a golden morning first seen, could blanket our planet, so desperate for healing. Her first flower burst forth at some point before sunrise five days ago. The sudden sight of her golden bulbs took my breath away and left me in tears, like she has done for several years.
If you have been reading me for less than one year, you might appreciate reading last year’s poem about my Lady Banks rose bush, titled, “Connected Roots” ~ a moving poem about my connection to the golden rose bush and my inner conflict with the place I am from. I have since found peace with that feeling and appreciate the lessons this land has taught me, revealed during a desert visit that I wrote about in an audio poem, titled, “Prickly Conversations” We now have an understanding, me and the Sonoran Desert: I am grateful for her, and she knows I must leave her during the hot summer months. I will get a move on with my tumbleweed spirit when the scorching heat reigns on. 🌵
I hope you enjoy my song selection, “Resilient” by Rising Appalachia. If you are not familiar, please watch and listen; it is a beautiful song and video that showed up in my stream after I penned my poem. Perfect timing. ✨ Thank you for visiting and listening. Be well. 💗 Michele
A special thank you to Editor, Juan Re Crivello with Masticadores Spain, for publishing my video poem, “Becoming You“
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Rose Photos: my images, I took the first two rose photos at sunrise and the one with me just before sunset (sidenote: if you would like to raise the difficulty of your yoga pose, put your camera on a timer, then sprint to get into the pose before the camera starts clicking 😂)
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