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  Do not Disturb
by Phyllis Jean Green
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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I am in a garden. 
There are flowers

Irises. My grandmother
on my mother’s side
grew irises.

Hers were purple.
These are blue.
Hers were ordinary.
These wear frills.
I want Grandmother’s.
I want her standing

Lady’s slippers.
Are they always pink,
I wonder. My mother-
in-law was good
with lady’s slippers.
They crowded around
the potting shed she
saw as a disgrace.
I try to see them
in my mind, but all
I see is her, handing
me seed, and smiling
with her eyes.

What are these flowers
that vine high and come
in blue and lavender
and rose? I remember
making dolls with them
when I was a child.
A back fence kept them
from falling. The skirts
on the dolls stood out
like the belles’ in Gone
With the Wind.

White and yellow daisies,
brown-eyed susans, sweet
peas, and little complicated
orange flowers I always
forget the name of, wave
and nod. Nothing is left
of the daffodils and tulips
but knife-like leaves, most
of which have gone brown
and lie waiting their turn
to feed cold ground
what it needs to produce

You are in every petal,
stamen, pistil, and leaf.
I revel in your scent.
I listen to you breathe.
You are warm from being
in the sun. Your breath
is clean and sweet. You love
me. All you feel now, all
you see.

I am in a garden.
There are flowers
e v e r y w h e r e.


(c)  Phyllis Jean Green,  2010



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Reviewed by Axilea MU 9/11/2010
This has the warmth and immediacy of a colorful conversation.

Reviewed by Jon Willey 8/3/2010
Flowers, know the souls of mankind intimately. For they are our messengers for every occasion. They are our decorators for every venue. Phyllis Jean, flowers mark the boundaries of who we are. May the flowers bring you continued joy.peace and love my friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/2/2010
Your muse reminds me of a Masters' impressionist painting of annuals and memories in a garden of your [our] delight. Classic.

Reviewed by Tom Hyland 8/1/2010

because you used the word 'pistol' - I had to go look up 'pistil' - which is a female part of a flower - which lead to 'ovary - style - stigma' ... then I just had to check out 'stamen' - the male part ...

now I have better clue as to 'how' the birds n' bees n' butterflies help pollinate your 'rare beauties' ...

Peace - Tom.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 7/31/2010
This is wonderfully unique. Love the flow of this. You give these words a large dose of real, and you're so creative here. You managed to carry a feel of innocence, too. Lovely!!
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 7/30/2010
This breaks my heart in all the best ways. Thank you.
Reviewed by Marcia Duning (Reader) 7/29/2010
Beautiful. Sorry so late
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/29/2010
What a wonderfully versed and deeply meaningful tribute, Pea. Symbolically compelling. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 7/28/2010
So beautiful!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/28/2010
What a blessing to have a Grandmother who appears year in, year out, in the beauty of a garden all around you, Phyllis. What a dear soul she must have been and how wonderful her legacy that endures - both within you and in the fruitfulness your greenfingers/thumbs bring to bear. A most wonderful retelling and very poignant character study. Bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 7/28/2010
You are a flower, knowing how to touch our world with such love, warmth, heart, beauty, and sentiment, you surely are in the knowing, of all knowing, that you are one!!! Hugs! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 7/28/2010
What a beautiful poem full of memories of flowers - and grandmother.
I love flowers, too, but I'm not very good with growing them. I do have some irises that are so beautiful, but I learned they only bloom once a year. Blessings....
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/28/2010
such a lovely almost surreal garden,an edenic spot to dream in,Phyllis!
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 7/28/2010
This is so beautiful !
And my thought after was that all unshed tears will come down on these beloved souls in the rain.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/28/2010
What a heavenly write!! Your poem and the painting compliment each other. Love this indeed!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/28/2010
Beautiful write, Pea; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/28/2010
This moves the heart with forgotten emotions and memories of mothers, fathers and grandparents who are gone but once shared such wonderful learning life experiences with us. This one is a treasure and a garden of delight onto itself.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 7/28/2010
a bouquet you offer us
to inhale sweet perfumes
and our soul embraces
all our Grandmothers
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 7/28/2010
VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! 'You are in every petal, stamen,pistol, and leaf'----------EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY TALENTED!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/27/2010
There's such beauty here, Pea, of thought, memory, colour and feeling but what draws me most is the growth of intensity in the poem as it moves forward and becomes highly personal...and then once again relaxes into the initial refrain which now has another dimension.

Reviewed by Paul Judges 7/27/2010
Delightful picture and poem.
Reviewed by David Maclellan 7/27/2010
A brilliant walk down memory lane with the flowers guiding the way.
Bless you Phyllis,
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 7/27/2010
sweet and delicious, i adore've given them such life here
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 7/27/2010
Dear Phyllis, I like this poem very much, because I am not a flower person. But this piece was informative. I wish I were able to send you flowers. I think you would like this and that would make me happy. Stay sweet, and stay true.

Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 7/27/2010
Delightful Forget-Me-Not bouquet Sweet Pea! Garden variety Whitman Sampler...

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