Stop and Smell the Roses
I long for thornless roses
with days of lingering peace
where trials are no longer present
for they have bid defeat
But if I stop and smell the roses
that bloom between the thorns
I find within these pauses
my strength’s fully restored
And in my arbor of roses
I’ve noticed a thing or two
the roses without thorns
aren’t as sweet, aren’t as true.
Wendy ❀ 2015
The flower cluster pictured above
is from a rose I thought was wild.
Its thorny branches appeared within a perennial border
alongside my potting shed,
despite my efforts to remove it.
The same thing happened with the one in this picture.
This is a wild rose and not quite as fragrant as the other one.
My attempts to eradicate them failed.
And I’m glad.
If it wasn’t for my busyness with writing
these two roses would never have had the chance to bloom,
and I would never have known their loveliness.
regardless of our attempts to pull or prune out what we think is undesirable.
But I’m slowly learning that the thorny things,
the so-called weeds,
are creating something beautiful
in my heart and life.
And when I stop to smell the roses,
or focus on beauty,
my batteries get recharged.
Stay the course.
Stay on your knees.
Have you ever had something beautiful (in disguise)
show up unexpectedly in your garden or life?
Do you enjoy stopping to smell the roses?
Sweet and True Blessings ~ Wendy ❀
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