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How do we know our own blooming,

the beauty in each of us?

as much as you gaze

on the magnificence of magnolia

robust rhododendrons

passionate paperbark maple

dove-tree & lily of the valley bush

buds are growing within you

slowly, perceptively

asking to be watered.


The soul, the body thirsts

for air and water as do

the greening in the garden.

You are a garden

a hybrid paradox of beauty

fragile tendrils lie

in the soil of your heart.


Now is the time

to let the life you lead

be the mulch

of your own ripening.