An Autumn Rose

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Among the thorns, I found a yellow rose;
its petals shaped in perfect harmony.
It grew inside a thicket, I suppose
awaiting lovers’ hands to set it free.
I wandered down a path to reach the quay
when autumn wore her wrinkled satin clothes
and there beside the restless, singing sea,
among the thorns, I found a yellow rose.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIts secret place I vowed not to disclose
as light of moon shone on a myrtle tree.
The rose appeared in Mona Lisa pose,–
its petals shaped in perfect harmony.
Although it seemed to beg in silent plea,
without a word I shook my head and chose
to leave the flower in serenity.
It grew inside the thicket, I suppose.
Recalling your last words that quickly froze
my heart like snow in northern Zuider Zee,
I left the yellow bud to decompose,
awaiting lovers’ hands to set it free.
I wish that you and I could still agree
and write love letters in poetic prose
so that our prideful hearts would always be
like autumn roses ready to transpose
among the thorns.

© 2014 Freeda Baker Nichols

(This poem is a Rondeau Redouble. The ocean picture is one I took at Rockport, Massachusetts.
The yellow rose bush grows in Arkansas at the home of Calla Linn. She  graciously gave permission
for her picture to appear here on my blog. Thank you, Calla Linn)

 

A Peek into my Journal

 

Beauty is many things. It is the sun rising above the timberline to give its light to a dark and waiting world.Sunset in the Ozarks
It is the sound of a loved one’s voice when an eternity has elapsed since you last heard the familiar echoes in your heart.

It is the violet beside the road, the “Sweet Williams,” the rose petals and budding oaks in spring.
It is the voice of a friend when you need someone who understands.
It is a secret that the beholder of beauty must open not only his eyes but his heart if he is to see the total realm of beauty.
Beauty and love intertwine, like ivy across a trellis, the one depends upon the other as they stand out to be seen in all  their splendor.

 

© Freeda Baker Nichols

Not So Accidental Blog Tourist Hop

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Thanks to Catherine Johnson (pictured) for tagging me in the Not-so-accidental blog tourist hop started by Crystal Collier.

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Catherine Johnson who resides in Canada is a really great blogging buddy, whose enthusiasm as a writer/blogger/artist has often cheered me toward my writing goals. Her blog is here and it’s always upbeat, always encouraging, always “alive!” She is the author and illustrator of two children’s books, “Weirdo Zoo” and “The Everglades.” Wonderful books. I keep them on my shelf to share with little ones who surprise me with a visit.

Now, here are some questions with my answers.

1. What am I working on?

A novelette, at best, or maybe just a very long short story! My main character’s name is Calypso. She’s a beautiful artist whose husband for nineteen years has just left her. This story is a mixture of romance and mystery.

2. How does my work differ to others of the same genre?

My work differs to others’ work in the same genre only because it originates with my peculiar insight. For instance, when I told my son to look at things “through my binoculars,” he replied, “You mean your periscope?”  He may be right!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

Destiny plays the greater part. I have no choice.

4. How does your writing process work?

I think of my writing as a regular job. Since I’m retired, my schedule is flexible but I write every day, except weekends. In the beginning, I created my stories in longhand. Later, I skipped handwriting and created at the typewriter because it was quicker. Then, came the computer, and it’s very easy to create at its keyboard. I still pen notes and rough drafts on paper. I love all aspects of writing–creating, revising, proofing and publishing. I don’t like marketing very much, but I love the feedback when a reader is inspired enough by a poem, story, or book to comment.

Everyone have a good week. Be happy! Keep writing!  And please browse the ‘Net for a look at my prose, poetry and photography as I blog from the ancient Ozarks hills. You can read about my first novel, “Call of the Cadron,”–contemporary fiction set along a blue-green mountain stream–the Cadron Creek.

Now I pass the blog hop torch over to the following bloggers who will post August 25th.

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Kayla Shown-Dean was born and raised in Arkansas. She is new to writing, but loves it; however, she loves her little boy more, so she doesn’t get to write as often as she would like. She lives with her husband and son and works at Arkansas State University. Her first novel, “Muted” was released recently. And she’s been honored far and wide with book signings, newspaper and radio coverage. This is the book she began at the Hemingway Barn Studio during a writers’ retreat. She’s already at work on her second book. Best wishes to this young and up-and-coming writer!  Kayla blogs here.

 

unnamed (4)Known as “Spunk On A Stick”,  L. Diane Wolfe conducts seminars on marketing, book publishing, websites, leadership and goal setting. A member of the National Speakers Association, she is an author and business owner, and her experience in a motivational training program gave her in-depth knowledge of relationships, personality traits and success principles. She  is the author of seven books, and her latest title is “How to Publish and Promote your Book Now!” Wolfe presents her seminars through community colleges, organizations & clubs, and offers formatting, stock photos, and consultation services for writers. She also does characterization sessions for schools and speaks to writer’s groups. Wolfe travels the East Coast extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains several websites & blogs, and co-administrates the Insecure Writer’s Support Group site.

Diane’s blog:    http://circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com/

Anyone else want to pass the blog hop torch over to your blogging buddies?

It’s been fun! Remember to watch next Monday, the 25th, for Diane and Kayla!