Leaning and Weak

I put this to poetry, trying to fit the verse to dVerse Poets Pub’s prompt. Take a look, and see what you think!

I put these out this morning and took a couple of pictures; ain’t they beautiful? Most of them were in the backyard until the first freeze, and have been in the greenhouse for the last five or six weeks. It’s going to be sunny and in the seventies for the next three days, so I’m treating the neighbors and passersby to a little pre-spring show. A lot of them slow down to take a closer look, and some even stop. I also thought I’d share one of the pictures with some of you northerners who won’t be seeing a sight such as this for a few months or so. The cold will be back here next week, and I’m sure we’ll have a few more freezes before spring, but all-in-all this is a pretty great place to live if you don’t like snow and/or cold weather. And, you like pretty flowers! Enjoy!

Leaning and Weak


I stared in wonder at them, taking stills

They seemed to strain toward the sun’s warmth

I was sure that unheard they were sounding joy

And wondering at the same time how this could be

This springtime refreshing in the throes of winter

Having survived the frost indoors for weeks

A brisk breeze began to push them

They shied away, leaning and weak, heads bowed

Too many days within clear walls that allowed sunshine

Yet without meaning to, stealing strength from stems

Late afternoon, breeze gone, they seemed to be smiling

Faces glowing, watching the sun go ‘round the house

I smiled, and then, went inside River trip & flowers 004


Copyright © 2012 C Mashburn



  1. Tony said

    Oooooh – I really like this.

  2. Wow! Pansies already. But then, I’m in the California desert and we have them, too. Yes, they do seem to smile and force the same from us. I also like the image of that tree and its shadow on the winter grass.

    • They’re left over from fall. I’ve had them in the greenhouse since the first frost. They are thriving in there! I’ll have to put them back next week, but it’ll be fun to look at them for a few days.
      Thanks for the visit and comment, Victoria.

  3. Sheila said

    Really nice – and I love the “stealing strength from stems” part

    • I figure they don’t have to fight the wind when their in there, so thought it made sense they might not be used to it. Probably not true, though.
      Thanks for the visit and comment, Sheila!

  4. nice..seeing the joy of the flowers…and their stretch to the sun…i def find joy in that myself…a refreshing breath this one charles…

  5. I like the pre-spring show ~ I like the faces glowing, like the sun going around the house ~

  6. Aww lovely…yellow smiles in the garden… 🙂

  7. Sherry MAshburn said

    Great poem to go with the picture!

  8. “Stealing strength from stems” was my favorite line. Nicely done!

  9. …A peaceful write with a comforting feel…a poem i should be reading more often…beautiful…smiles… I wanted to have a greenhouse garden too…smiles…

  10. Sheila said

    beautifully expressed. reminds me of the innocence of childhood.

    • I hadn’t seen that in it, but I do beleve you are correct. Nice take! Thank you, Sheila!

  11. Nicely done.

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