May's Glory


The Rhodora

My creation"In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes, I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods.


My creationSpreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook, to please the desert and sluggish brook.


My creationThe purple petals, fallen in the pool, made the black water and their beauty gay;


My creationHere might the red-bird come his plumes to cool, and court the flower that cheapens his array.

Cardinal Notes

My creationRhodora! if the sages ask thee why,


My creationthis charm is wasted on the earth and sky,


My creationTell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being:

pink roses

My creationWhy thou wert there, O rival of the rose!


My creationI never thought to ask, I never knew; but, in my simple ignorance, suppose


My creationThe self-same power that brought me there brought you."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

here is a place nearby called Garden in the Woods, and I wanted to take you there with me to embrace May's Glory. What better serenade than the words of Emerson and the sound of The Secret Garden. Please pick a bouquet of flowers for you to take home.

A walk in nature

Claudia from Dippity Road is hosting Finding Beauty Friday. A celebration of finding the beauty around us. Every Friday Claudia takes the time to share how she has found beauty. Stop by HERE and read all the posts celebrating Finding Beauty Friday.
Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful pictures, Beautiful poem and music, beautiful post. I hope you have a lovely day, Karen!!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Karen, these are just exquisite. I believe I will pick a bouquet of the pink ones in the left column. What are they??? They are lovely! The "Rhodoras" look like our Southern azaleas which bloom in March/April and sometimes earlier the further south you go.

I am sending you hugs across the miles. Am coming up for air after a crazy few weeks. Be on the lookout for a little surprise. Shhhh... not telling. ;-)

Love you much!


Sheila :-)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Karen, how I remember the different colors of Rhododendron in the Boston Commons; the most beautiful display I have ever seen. We have the purple kind, and with any luck, some azaleas in yellow and pink. But nothing beats New England's Spring glory. Love to you dearest, Anita

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Oh my... could I have a gorgeous bouquet! Stunning flowers. I can almost smell them!

Thanks so VERY very much for joining us at FFB-- you are a doll!


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

How much I appreciate and enjoy the beauty I always find here. Emerson, Secret Garden, and exquisite photos ... what more could a frazzled and razzled boy want?

Shelia said...

Hi Karen! Oh, thank you so much for stopping in to see me! Oh, I'm so sad, Sheila and I are really getting to visit in person - just through Blogland. Wish we could do that though! What a beautiful post you've done! The springtime is so lovely, isn't it?
I hope you'll come back for another visit sometimes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Alisa said...

What a stunning post! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful as always Karen! Love that mosaic you made as well! This is such a spectacular time of year isn't it? ~Jeanne

Glenda said...

Gorgeous everything...
have a lovely weekend..

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post, Karen. I love your mosaic!

Kathleen Grace said...

A beautiful poem and a beautiful walk in the woods:>)

Something Special said...

Would love to have you come visit my blog and see the gorgeous photo of my Mother's bridal picture. It is special.