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by Roger A. Ochs

Sunday, August 07, 2005
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Now that the actual work in the garden is diminishing, perhaps I can write more about it.

You don't belong
in my New England garden
dressed up like a hooker
at a Methodist convention.

Your curves -- too sensual
your colors -- too vibrant
you make the daisies blush
with your sexual impropriety

You don't belong
but I planted you
because, in gardens,
as in life,
a bit of the tawdry
is taste-full

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Reviewed by Lois Christensen 8/28/2008
Free flowing flowery poem. Can smell that hibiscus right now. Love flowers of all kinds. The photo is great too.
Reviewed by Marge Fulton 8/26/2008
I am enjoying your masterful poetry! We have red and black hibiscus in the yard. So showy!
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 5/13/2006
A hooker at a Methodist convention? HA HA! What a cool image that is!!!!! I'm glad I didn't miss this one Roger! Blessings, Michelle
Reviewed by A PAX 4/11/2006
flowers are like people huh?
all the same........yet different faces........
I totally agree with this idea......
I see the same thing all around in nature......even stones, actually, especially stones.........

time to garden again :) pax A
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 10/25/2005
Hahaha! Roger, I'm catching up on my reading and I'm soooo glad I didn't miss this poem ... it's wonderfully triumphant!
Reviewed by Tracey Hardie 9/22/2005
Roger.. what a treasure!!!! (lmao) you amaze me in the most delightful ways!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/17/2005
A lovely ode to a lovely flower. Thank you for sharing this offering, Roger. Love and peace to you.

Reviewed by Rosalie Gattuso 9/5/2005
How sensual! Love it and everything you write!
Yes Rodge it is I
Reviewed by Bob Holt (Reader) 8/26/2005
"A bit of the tawsry is taste-full". What more needs to be said?

Bob H
Reviewed by M. B. 8/24/2005
Roger, HIBISCUS is fantastic. It does the can-can like a stunning Vegas show girl!

Tawdry can be quite fun!

~ Mari
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/15/2005
Ah, loved this! Excellent!

Reviewed by Duke LaRance 8/13/2005
Very nice - spare verbage can say a lot...loved the comments on your bio page!
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 8/12/2005
This is fabulous I just planted peppers this morning in the Arizona morning light. Now I want to go out and stare at the dirt and dream of what will be.
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 8/10/2005

Awesome capture of sensuality...the picture and your poem!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/8/2005
So your the one that planted me! :-) Wonderful write.
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 8/8/2005
"Action/Thriller" is it? Mmmm Hmmm... of course, the poet is, indeed, everywhere! in this completely original, creative (dare I say) ditty.

Compact quartets that burst and bloom... even the flowers were giggling. To say I love this one would be a gross understatement... so, rather than go for other expressions I'll just say it louder: I LOVE THIS ONE, ROGER!!! (grin) You are, beyond most, a master metaphor-er. katy xoxox
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 8/7/2005
Perfection, Roger!
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/7/2005
Down here in Baptist land tawdry is normal. Nice tribute to a beautiful, though short lived, flower.

Reviewed by Dave Harm 8/7/2005
Excellent write about a beautiful plant...
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/7/2005
Well! I dare say the petunias and the wild onion, never mind poor little daisy, are just agast at the tart you have introduced in their garden. Of course, the elephant ears and the cacti are already sharpening their best seducing lines.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/7/2005
I love hibiscus and the way you crafted this poem matches
its beauty! Wonderfully written, Roger!;-)

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/7/2005
Most outstanding!!

I think I know how this hibiscus must I did when I joined AD...the outcast from South Africa!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/7/2005
"as in life,
a bit of the tawdry
is taste-full"

This I will have to remember, you are a man just chock full of little tidbits of info aren't you...;) Ed
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/7/2005
EXCELLENT write. A garden won't be a garden without something wild in it. Otherwsie the garden would be so boring. Great idea to plant the Hibiscus to bright up your garden.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 8/7/2005
An excellent ode to the Hibiscus, Roger, one of my favorite "flashy" flowers.
Take care,
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