Thursday, June 4, 2009

Gardens at the American Rose Society

Took a road trip the other day and stopped in at the American Rose Society gardens near Shreveport, Louisiana. We missed peak bloom by a couple of weeks, but there was still much to enjoy.

I would shower you with roses, 
Dozens of roses,
and peonies, lilacs, camellia, gardenias.
A thousand ruffled, scented blossoms
piled all around you.
A roomful of plundered gardens, and you,
The sun to which they turn.
You, the sun.
I follow you across the sky,
Dizzy, thirsty, longing.
See this light on my skin?
it turns golden, it shimmers,
each fine hair rises to your touch, 
limned with your light.
How do I make you see? held by your gravity,
I am free to fly.
And so I bring you roses,
and peonies, lilacs, camellias, gardenias.
Perhaps you will see my face in theirs.
Perhaps, then, you will know.


  1. beautifully composed and absolutely luscious :>)

  2. Stunning roses and what great color.

  3. Very nice shots. We are having your Lousiana style rains today, but I am grateful for them.

  4. Oh, I've been wanting to stop by there for the longest time. I'm not sure why I haven't gotten there yet! Guess I'll have to wait for fall when they should be peaking again.

  5. These are beautiful and inspiring me to paint more flowers soon - thanks for sharing!

  6. Ahh, roses... But what's that sneaky lily doing in there?!


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