Full Circle

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When I was young the world was small
A circle of family and friends // was all
As my world expanded my eyes were opened
To a much bigger world // harsh, cruel, and broken
Full of people who use you for personal gain
Not so concerned about your personal pain
Success and survival brought joy and heartaches
And part-time friends who left in the home stretch
Through years filled with life’s interactions
Family and friends brought more satisfaction
And into a small small world I withdrew
Valuing people who cared and really knew
The importance of family // the joy of dear friends
A wonderful bond that never ends

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

 

Passing Beauty

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Hibiscus Flower Fresh this morning

Presenting itself in all its glorious beauty

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Yesterday’s flower fading fast

Passing on genetics in a blood red vase

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Beauty is fleeting

Seems to last only for a day

Tomorrow it will be gone // but the seeds remain

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Curling and wrinkling in the summer sun

As the next raving beauty come open for view

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Reality of life // we watch it all play out

Right in front of our eyes // just like you and me

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How do we get all this beauty out of dirt?!

Unedited iPhone photos taken today: Dwight L. Roth

Now that fall is coming on, my little hibiscus began to bloom again, more gorgeous than ever! One flower yesterday and a new one today. I had to share them with you all! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.