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  Lantana
by Patrick A Granfors
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Lantana is a hardy, heat tolerant flowering plant common in Southern California. Its blooms can be lavender, red, yellow, or pink in color. Mine happens to be lavender.

Photo: By Patrick Granfors (My backyard lantana)


I marvel over the years

How badly I have treated you

And still you return

And remain faithful

I have cut you to the roots

Watched coldly as your stems

Slowly evolved into brown sticks

Ignored your simple cries

For nurturing

For gentle attention

I did nothing as

Your blossoms withered

And dropped

Each one an acknowledgement

Of the unintended cruelty

A man can harbor

Yet your heart

Somehow envisions a fountain

A deep well of strength

A fortress of hope

An undeniable force

That prevails

Forgiving my woeful neglect

Nurturing me in exchange

For nothing

And still you return

And remain faithful

You are in fact

Nothing short

Of a miracle

 

 

 

 

Copyright 2012 Patrick Granfors

 

 




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Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 2/27/2012
As a Lantana lover, I've gone through the same, 'cept my husband-ways mower-chopped ours down. My Lantana this year will be second to none, growing off the old, not-mowed over-other stems. Ours here are yellow/pink.



Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 2/23/2012
Gardens of flowers...much like
friends to nourish and grow!!!
Much like your "Lantana" *Patrick*

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by jude forese 2/22/2012
plants definitely respond to being nurtured ... they become vibrant and grow to be quite healthy ... you poem is a fine tribute for the Lantana plant ... a beautiful plant exhibiting wonderful color ...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/22/2012
As lovely as a poem can be for a plant.

Many years ago I planted the same blue purple Lantana in beds around my house. The beds fell into neglect after I could no longer maintain them. The yard men with their weed eaters hacked away at them and winter frost killed back their leaves. Finally, kindly yard man pulled them out by the roots in some sort of cleansing to leave me with bare dirt that was much easier for them to beat up with their weed eaters. Finally, weeds conquered all.

This year we had a drought. By August, even the weeds and the beds were suffering. Beh had them dug up, and bought discount Lantana, yellow orange to plant in the place of the ones she remembered long ago. We are getting rain, finally, and, if it does not freeze, my flowerbeds around the house should be alive with yellow and orange this spring.

Now you can see why I love her so much.

Ron
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/22/2012
A fine tribute to a lovely flower, symbolically meaningful as well. Thank you, Patrick. Love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by Richard King 2/22/2012
Can you say, "Green Thumb?" Well, I don't have one and it would appear that yours is fading too. Still, this well written poem makes it sound like even I might be able to grow Lantana. Thanks, Dick.
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 2/22/2012
Why do you make Mommy cry? Love, Nilla

I love that lantana--great stomping grounds, love, Kali
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 2/22/2012
Lovely Lantana in lavender. A plant I love in a hanging
basket on my deck. Light and airy touch in a graceful poem
of rich blossoms. Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 2/22/2012
Lovely flowers...so worthy of this tribute!

Anna
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/22/2012
well said
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/22/2012
If only we humans were as faithful as many plants and animals. And now you've made me yearn for spring, and getting back to my garden.

PS: Butterflies like Lantana, too.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 2/21/2012
"Lantana"? Sounds rather as a lovely weed. Sure, what we want we can't grow and what we want to get rid of, we can't get rid of.
Great poem, though, ol' pal.
Mark
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 2/21/2012
Such soulful writing Patrick! It's wonderful to be immersed in your words.
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 2/21/2012
So true. Plants do forgive.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 2/21/2012
W&ell done, Patrick.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 2/21/2012
Innuento, in D Major, she is listening in is'nt she...you have skill to work in the french diplomatic... Bless ya!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 2/21/2012
That's how my first wife said I treated her, Patrick.

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