As flowers open outdoors and the world awakens to the color of spring, here is a ghazal to celebrate the beauty of this day. The photo was taken in Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia the first week of April 2022.

Tulips at Gibbs Gardens


Rocky soil or boggy mire
Summer heat or winter frost, Bloom!

Sprout, reach, bud, grow, vine, creep
Petal, leaf, stretch, tilt, open, Bloom!

Purples, crimsons, yellows, ochres, pinks
Fuschias, oranges, peaches, blues, Bloom!

Wave, bend, sway, nod, shake, wiggle
Swirl, whirl, twirl, swing, jiggle, Bloom!

Lighten, brighten, cheer, uplift, grace
Encourage, embellish, beautify, Bloom!

Freshen, fragrance, scent, balm
Bouquet, perfume, blossom, Bloom!

Song of Solomon 2:13
‘The fig tree has ripened its figs,
And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come along!’”

2 Replies to “Bloom!”

  1. This is not the first poem of yours that demonstrates masterful imagery, only this time you accomplish it in such an unlikely manner–with verbs instead of adjectives or nouns. And so many of them! Never repetitive–all so fresh and forceful, gentle yet firm in their assertive revelation.

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    1. Thank you, Paul! Bloom was our small town’s theme for National Poetry Month – one that we will keep again next year. There is so much to this one theme word that it needs another year at least. I appreciate your taking time to read and comment! You are so encouraging, and I appreciate your insights more than you know!


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