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The Last Gardenia of Summer
Dan Batson


The white blossom
as the leaves on the trees
begin to show

This anachronism

I gently
remove the bloom
from the bush
as an
for my Love.

Her smile completes
creamy perfection
beauty of
last gardenia.

by Dan Batson.
Used with the author's permission

Dan Batson is a retired United Methodist pastor who lives in Marietta, South Carolina with his wife, Rene’, and their cat, Ansie Gray. Author of a memoir, Morning, he is currently working on a collection of true stories he has used in sermons for the past 30+years. Dan enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and family. He has recently rediscovered his love of gardening and enjoys taking long walks in the mountains near his home.


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Lori Levy:
Beautiful, delicate, tender.
Posted 10/25/2022 03:20 PM
The quiet delicacy in the last stanza wonderful. Dan, thanks for sharing.
Posted 10/25/2022 11:41 AM
Beautiful and loving. MZWindau
Posted 10/25/2022 09:54 AM
Wilda Morris:
I beautiful love poem! I love the use of the word "anachronism" in this poem.
Posted 10/25/2022 09:25 AM
Really like your short lines, Dan, as superb end-line decisions.
Posted 10/25/2022 09:09 AM
Larry Schug:
Nice work in making the connection between miraculous beauty and miraculous love in so few words.
Posted 10/25/2022 08:02 AM
Joan Luther:
A lovely tribute to the beauties of the world.
Posted 10/25/2022 06:28 AM

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