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Photo by TJ Parker

A rose by any other name   could be Miguel   or Tiffany Could be David or Vashti   Why not Aya   which means beautiful flower  but also verse and miracle   and a bird         that flies away quickly    You see where this is going          That is    you could look at a rose    and call it    You See Where This Is Going   or I Knew This Would Happen    or even   Why Wasn’t I Told I’m told   of a man    who does portraits for money on the beach    He paints them with one arm  the other he left behind in a war   and so he tucks a rose into his cuff   always yellow   and people stare at it   pinned to his shoulder   while he works   Call the rose Panos   because I think that’s his name   or call it     A Chair By The Sea Point from the window   to the garden   and say   Look   a bed of Painter’s Hands   And this is a good place   to remember the rose already has many names   because   language is old and can’t agree with itself   In Albania you say Trëndafil  In Somalia say Kacay
In American poetry  it’s the flower you must never name   And now
you see where this is going   out the window   across water to a rose shaped island   that can’t exist but   you’re counting on to be there   unmapped   unmentioned till now  The green place you imagine hiding   when the world finds out   you’re not who you’ve said

~Brendan Constantine,

The Bouquet



The Bouquet, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Mary and Martin decided on not having too many flowers at the wedding, but the flowers they had… bouquets, boutonnieres, and the two large floral arrangements up near the “alter” were stunningly beautiful. Simple and lovely.

Remnants

Remnants, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

A Rose By Any Other Name

A Rose By Any Other Name, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

The Last Bloom

The Last Bloom, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Here it is, the last bloom on our red rose bush this year. Sad to see them go. There’s something about fall though, putting things to bed, getting things buttoned up. I like it.

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Signs of Love, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

A dozen roses in Oregon.

Taken with the iPhone camera.

Unfolding

Unfolding, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

This and the few that follow it were all taken today in our yard. I love the summer in Oregon.

In Bloom

In Bloom, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

To keep recapping the last several days in our busy busy lives, I wanted to at least post a couple of photos I took at the Portland Rose Garden last Wednesday when we were wandering there on Karen’s birthday. This one is nearly perfect… and beautiful.

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Petals, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Yellow roses at the Portland Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon.

Taken with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.

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Table Dressing, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Yellow Rose near Portland, Oregon.

Taken with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.

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Part of a Dozen, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Part of a dozen roses at home in Oregon.

Taken with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.