Peony

Inspired by Lynne Henderson’s watercolour Paeonia Officinalis

Rustic delight and Japanese grace

Combine in a blustery symphony of

Colours that abound, from

Snowy white and subtle Rose to

Magenta and purple on top.

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Found in crystal vessels or lodging in gardens.

Ponderous and slow

But full of mystique and

Apt meditation

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Duluth, Mme de Verneville, and

Sarah Bernard

Add fragrance to

Elegance

As feathery leaves waft in

The breeze.

From flower and botanical image collection at Imageria.com

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©HMH 2021

4 comments

  1. One of your more evocative poems! It makes me feel and sense Japan, where I lived long ago for several years, but also Germany. I don’t even remember if that’s a common flower in Germany, but somehow I remember the scent. It’s kind of “old-country-ish” if that makes sense. Like, it’s a very old-fashioned flower! Lovely poems, your flowers are!

  2. I believe that Peonies are loved and planted everywhere in Europe. My parents had some in Denmark and, although I haven’t seen them in German gardens, I’m sure they flourish there as well. By the way, you’re absolutely right about the ‘old-country-ish’ observation. Thank you for your observations and kind words, Debi!

    1. Indeed I have, Debi. I believe there is a Rose painting somewhere on this blog. That is a traditional ‘created’ rose though. I do love wild roses too and have made many photos of them.

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