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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.


Patricia Williams and her husband live in central Wisconsin amid farm fields and abundant wildlife. She began writing poetry after retiring from 32 years of teaching Art and Design. Poetry, she feels, is painting with words, both using the same design principles. Patricia's work appears in many journals and anthologies, and she is the author of The Port Side of Shadows, a poetry chapbook about her travels, and Midwest Medley: Places & People, Wild Things & Weather, which received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. Her most recent book is Rejection to Acceptance: 57 Poems That Finally Made It, a collection of poems with commentary. All of the poems in the book were eventually published, but were initially rejected--three, four, even five times. "It's the old theme of ...If at first you don't succeed," says Patricia. "I am a determined (stubborn!) person."


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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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