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The Rose

June 22, 2019

Athena Williams


Deck sags, chipped paint peels, afternoon waning;

Tired grill sighs in the glow of sun’s last rays.

Yet through dry slats, inelegant seeming,

Stretches pale golden bud to meet Father’s gaze.

She bends, reaching for Son’s redeeming light;

He shines around her, through her, strong and pure.

Rejoicing in His warmth before cool night,

His strength conferred to make her bold and sure.

The tears of dew still testify of pain,

Her struggle through the years of rain and sorrow.

He fills her heart with songs of peace again;

He holds her hand, helps her face tomorrow.

When she photographed that undaunted rose,

She took her own self-portrait. Does she know?

The featured image for The Rose is in fact the very rose portrayed in this beautiful sonnet, (c) Lancia E. Smith.  The title of this image is “Golden Rose in Glory Light“and is used with Lancia’s glad permission for The Cultivating Project, with deep gratitude for Athena’s kindness and generosity . 


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