A Blooming Conundrum

sunlight fashions smiles
lifting faces to the blue
they sense springtime has
sidled up next to autumn
craving notoriety

rainfall quenches thirst
nourishment long awaited
wilted leaves revive

bright petals unfold
shivering with elation
winter watches with
concern as the months of spring
have seemingly reappeared

Lauren Scott (c) 2021
Photos from our yard with
thoughts from November.





56 thoughts on “A Blooming Conundrum

    1. Thanks so much, Marina! We are grateful for the blooms and greenery after the rain a few weeks ago. πŸ™‚ Many hugs to you for a great week, too! p.s. my key for emojis right now is stubborn, so….xoxoxoxo. πŸ™‚

  1. Lovely colourful flowers, Lauren. Seems bright and cheery in your yard. What a lovely poem describing the changing seasons. Not often do you hear the seasons spring and autumn side by side. But it certainly does feel like it when the temperature changes in the middle of a season. Love the phrase ‘winter watches with concern’ – and so apt you use the word concern as generally winter comes with concerns darker connotations on different levels, from trying to beat the cold to looking for light during the shorter days. Here in Australia it’s summer now and I’m enjoying it especially the greenery everywhere. Hope you are well 😊

    1. Hi Mabel, thanks so much for your wonderful comment and for sharing your thoughts on winter, which validates that there are many layers to concerns of the new season. November truly felt like spring which inspired these poems. We love the blooms, but now it looks as though winter has finally made her entrance. πŸ™‚ I hope you continue to enjoy your greenery and warm weather. Thanks again for visiting. πŸ’ž

  2. Lauren, a beautiful poem capturing the capricious nature of the seasons! You write with a deft and light touch and I love the personification of the Winter, Autumn and Spring; especially how the latter is ‘craving notoriety. Here in the UK the bulbs are starting to peek out and the fuchsias are still in full bloom! A wonderful sight but slightly unsettling at the same time. Hope you’re having a lovely start to December, Lauren. xx

    1. Thanks for your wonderful words and insight, Annika. Unsettling is right, even though we love their beauty and friendliness. But I will tell you now that December has arrived, winter has finally found the spotlight. πŸ™‚ All is well here and I wish you the same, my friend. πŸ’—

    1. Thanks, Diana. They are beautiful, but I think they were confused because of the unseasonably warm weather in November. Now that December has arrived, winter has finally tagged along. πŸ™‚ I love their beauty, though, and all the greenery. So much nicer than the brittle brown dry summer. πŸŒ»πŸ’•

  3. Hi Lauren, we are also having unusual weather and it has rained so much my garden looks like it should be in the Amazon jungle and not dry old Johannesburg. It is nice but a bit eerie. A great poem that highlights the unusualness of the spring weather in winter.

  4. A beautiful and sensational poem, Lauren. I love the rich purple flowers. What kind is it? My Lantanas did quite well last month also. The milkweed withdrew and hibernated. I hope they’ll come back strong next year for my second year of raising butterflies.

    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Miriam. The purple are also Lantana and I love them. They are so sturdy! πŸ™‚ I would love to try milkweed for the sake of butterflies, too, so thanks for mentioning that. πŸ’œ

      1. I have purple Lantana also, but the color is not as deep. I think Monarch butterflies are still there, but CA is not doing a good job saving them. People told me there used to have milkweed everywhere in CA, at least in my neighborhood, but it’s gone. I’ll just raise as many as I could. ❀

    1. Thanks, Betty, well, now winter has arrived and it’s much colder. Burr…the blooms still look good though and more rain is coming next week, which is great. I’m sure they will smile even brighter. πŸ™‚ Hope all is well with you, my friend. Hugs to you, too! ❀️

  5. Beautiful words Lauren and amazing that you had flowers like that to enjoy so late in tthe year. So pretty.

    I’m making my yearly blog rounds for Christmas. Just got around to posting at my blogs again today.

    Hope you and your family are doing ok during these very trying times.

    I wish you a happy 22 !😊 Take care.

    1. Thanks, Geraldine, and it’s so good to see you! We’re doing fine and staying healthy; hope you are, too, and I’m heading over to your blog now. Wishing you the same, my friend. πŸ₯°

  6. Thanks for adding me, Geraldine. I’m still new to the Amazon Author Page, so I need to peruse it some more. My book is available on Amazon in ebook and print. I personally don’t have a kindle, so I can only read print books. And I’m a little confused when you said that my recent book is very sad. More than Coffee is full of memories: fears, overcoming challenges, dreams from my youth, the beauty of nature, parenting, and loss of both of my parents, but also joy. Essentially, everything that we experience in life. So, it’s not a sad book. I’m just not sure what you meant. πŸ™‚ Anyway, check out the reviews on Amazon, and the links are on my sidebar. I’ve also shared some reviews on my blog if you’re interested. Hugs to you!

  7. No worries, but I don’t have a book about sexual abuse either. That violation has never been an issue in my family to even write about. I think you’re confusing me with another author, Geraldine.

  8. That is strange. I just checked on my page and only saw my 3 books. But there are other Lauren’s, so who knows! I’ll probably delete all these comments if I can be honest. And congrats on the top 100! That’s awesome! And no worries. I just wanted to clarify things. πŸ™‚

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