dVerse — Paeonia

Image result for peonies bush painting

Born deep
Root of roots
Snuggling close

Waiting for warm, until
My green and purple spears
Pierce the sky

Lanky legs
Ferny arms
Swelling buds

Hot June’s charms
Fill me to bursting
Blossoming joy

Taste my ginger crack pollen!
All hit my pipe
Humming and staggering

Donating parts to
Boardrooms
And hospital vases

Painters love me
As do poets,
Singing my praises

Swaying in the breeze
Capturing rain droplets
Long summer afternoons

Fall’s petaled snow
Portends cool weather’s
Yellowing limbs

Dried stalks hold my place
As I go underground again
Dreaming of June

Linda Lee Lyberg is today’s host of dVerse.  Linda says:
So today fellow poets, I would like you to think about what flower you most identify with or is your favorite (I know that will be hard!) and write a poem from the perspective of that flower. Some questions to think about: How did the flower begin? What has it seen? How does it feel to be a flower? Where did it end?

image:  “Blooming Peonies,” a photograph by Diana Rajala

46 Comments Add yours

  1. I love peonies but I never had any success with them in my garden. Maybe the roots disliked the soil

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    1. msjadeli says:

      They need full sun and hot weather to thrive. If they don’t have them, they will bush out but not bloom.

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  2. Gorgeous Lisa! I have never tried growing peonies but I love them.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Linda, and thank you for the great prompt.

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  3. Myth says:

    Your profile picture is delightful! One can’t help but smile when they see it! Just remind me of all the people I love! 😀☀️

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  4. Carol Anne says:

    Ah so beautiful Lisa! ❤ ❤ Xoxo

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li

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  5. Nice plant personification Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks. I have a deep love for peonies, through every season.

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Passionate peonies–who knew? I like the short lines with your tercets. Peonies don’t fare very well here in WA state, more a hot house plant.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Glenn. They do ok in Michigan, but they must have full sun all day or forget about it.

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  7. Gina says:

    your poem is a burst of joy and love, coming from a place filled with so much hope, waiting for the sun to have fun. this is a beautiful flower and yes admired by writers and artists for its gentle beauty

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gina ❤ It truly is a gentle beauty!

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  8. Truedessa says:

    I have seen many painting featuring your lovely flower. I guess the artist likes their blush.

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  9. calmkate says:

    perfect words to describe such a cute flower!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks Kate

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  10. Grace says:

    I have planted one and I am looking forward to see them blossom this summer.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Awesome, Grace!

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  11. My bad eyes first saw the picture as water lilies and I read and was confused, for I read of peonies, didn’t need a photo.I read right.You totally describe a peony’s life through its seasons.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you are familiar with their life cycle through the seasons. I chose a blurry picture and should have chosen one more clear to show them off 🙂

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  12. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the description of the flower “donating parts” to boardrooms and hospitals..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Frank.

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  13. I do love peonies and I absolutely love your tribute to them Lisa 🙂💕

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy you enjoy peonies as well ❤

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  14. kim881 says:

    Another gorgeous flower, one my grandfather grew in his tiny garden, where I gathered petals that dropped onto the grass. You’ve captured the emergence of their green and purple spears beautifully, Jade. My favourite lines:
    ‘Taste my ginger crack pollen!
    All hit my pipe
    Humming and staggering’.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very cool on your grandfather growing them and you gathering their petals. Glad you enjoyed the poem, Kim.

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  15. Reena Saxena says:

    Fall’s petaled snow
    Portends cool weather’s
    Yellowing limbs

    Dried stalks hold my place
    As I go underground again
    Dreaming of June

    Beautiful lines!
    (BTW, it reminds me of a lip color I loved but lost somewhere -Peony 🙂 )

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Reena and I can see where peonies could inspire lipstick shades 🙂

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  16. Xan says:

    “…spears
    Pierce…”

    is an absolutely brilliant juxtaposition of words, in a poem full of subtly brilliant word combinations.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Your comment is humbling, thank you very much, Alexandra.

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  17. It is as if you have watched them grow closely and lovingly.
    Lovely tribute, Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Punam, they are close companions, thank you.

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      1. You are so welcome. 🙂

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  18. I love the third stanza.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Carol, glad you enjoyed it.

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  19. lynn__ says:

    You painted your peonies large and luscious! I didn’t know about the ginger crack pollen 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Next time you see a peony in bloom, stick your nose into it and breathe it in 🙂

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  20. Lovely poem about one of my favorite flowers so well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sascha, thank you and glad you are a fan of peonies as well. They are beauties aren’t they.

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      1. Yes and you have reminded me that I have to move mine. It’s now far too big for where it is. I look forward to the smell!

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  21. lifelessons says:

    I like the cycle of your poem…

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