27 Apr 2013

# 27

Before The Front Door

A living carpet overspills this path.
Leaves speckled like a thrush's breast:
flowers - pink, to blue, to shades of purple  -
grace each stem: Pulmonaria.

Its common name of lungwart dis-enchants
me. But the humble beauty of this plant's
soft, multi-coloured shades is paramount,
this lazy, sun-filled afternoon in April.

Making a scalloped edge to the old bricks,
it provides a guard of honour for people
approaching the stained-glass panelled door
of this elegant, Victorian house.

Inside, a welcome will await those visitors
who pass the flowers by, unseeing...

20 comments:

  1. nice - I like the combo of organic and inorganic beauty - a beautiful house, and flowers

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  2. there are really interesting contrasts throughout this - the lungwort's dis-enchanting being especially strong. I love the beauty of the place you have explored, and its reality (lungworts and all) so clearly expressed.

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  3. Pulmonaria .. I am entranced by the word as centerpiece to the poem ... the colors and architecture and the welcome follow :)

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    1. Yes, it is a lovely word, unlike (ugh) lungwart!

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  4. I agree with Dr. Pearl, exquisite =)

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  5. Nature is amazing, full of beauty.........

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  6. Beautiful Jinksy, beautiful.

    Anna :o]

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  7. This is a beautiful ode to a favorite 'wild' herb.Even its official name 'pulmonaria' alludes to its use in folk medicine as a treatment for lung or pulmonary disease. You have given it a place of honor among the wild flowers of spring!Even the Breeze

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  8. You painted this scene so well I can see it clearly. Lovely.

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  9. I love the welcome for those who failed to see the flowers, they need the beauty most!

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  10. I hope the welcome for those passing by the honor guard unseeing is a welcome one free from further disenchantment.

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  11. You have captured it beautifully, well done.

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  12. I was impressed by the astute observation of how how most people don't observe and simply walk right over the subtle beauty of common nature.

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  13. This is like the walk up to my own front door! My husband plants all kinds of flowers outside that can go missed if I don't slow down to look around!

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  14. One gets so taken up with the easy flow rendered here Jinsky! Amazingly weeds can be an attraction too! Nicely!

    Hank

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  15. Very lovely. Loving all the nature poems people are sharing lately!

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  16. The readers of this piece are sure not to miss out the little beauty when they enter the house!

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  17. Pulmonaria...lovely, the whole picture!

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  18. You create a lovely picture - and I'm with you about the name(s).

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