Turn to Bloom



Each green patch
has a turn to bloom
and stage its three-act opera.
Glorious song spills
out in long curls of color.
First the clear,
unspoiled ingenue’s
high soprano lilts
before time deepens it
into full-blown beauty,
even as the crone
waits in the wings,
ready to bring balance
to summer’s music.
Birth, bloom, balance.
The eternal three-act opera:
each moment a starring role.
Color is music to my eyes.

Copyright 2016 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: The garden’s a miracle of blooms from spring to fall. I enjoy them all. Happy Poetry Friday, and thanks to Doraine Bennett at Dori Reads for hosting this week. Stop by for a garden of poetry.

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42 thoughts on “Turn to Bloom

  1. I love this image. I have reached the age where I have taught longer than some of the teachers at my school have been alive. I often look around and think, “How did I get this old? I don’t feel this old…” Three-act-opera puts such a lovely spin on it! Thank you!

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  2. Beautiful, Brenda. You have azaleas blooming?! Our only flower at the beginning of the summer. Our showiest plant right now is the Rose of Sharon — a favorite of the local hummingbird.

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    • This is an older photo from June, perhaps. Took awhile to think of a poem for it. 🙂 I love the rose of sharon, too. I planted three of different colors to grow together, but so far I haven’t gotten one blossom.


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