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The Last Gardenia of Summer
by
Dan Batson


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The white blossom
appears
as the leaves on the trees
begin to show
brilliant
colors.

This anachronism
radiates
fragrance.

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

Her smile completes
the
creamy perfection
and
beauty of
the
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
DavidTookey:
The quiet delicacy in the last stanza wonderful. Dan, thanks for sharing.
Posted 10/25/2022 11:41 AM
tiddles:
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
Michael:
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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