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Patricia Williams


I planted an armful of orchids,

tending and fondly nurturing them.

During zephyr-kissed days that followed,

one-by-one they showed me their love

with boughs of blossoms.


I cultivated them so long a time,

that until bedazzled butterflies

began repeatedly dropping by,

I was unmindful of

their bewitching perfume.


© by Patricia Williams.
Used with the author’s permission.


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Patricia Williams retired from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point after 27 years of teaching design and culture. Her specialty was Chinese culture which, in their stylistic approach, some of her poems reflect. She writes in a variety of genres and has had work published in both online and print journals in the U.S. and England. Patricia lives in the countryside with her husband and is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.



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Posted 04/21/2014 10:08 AM
I like "bedazzled butterflies" too, actually that whole second stanza, with the word " bewitching."
Posted 04/21/2014 09:07 AM
"bedazzled butterflies" (i was one of those a long time ago)...great poem!
Posted 04/21/2014 04:08 AM
Posted 04/21/2014 12:20 AM

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