Blush Pink

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Blush Pink

 

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Viejo San Juan & Driving To Manati…Contrast

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I thought I would feel a sense of overwhelming joy as things return to normal. I know nature renews itself. Tourists are back in the city. Business is totally picking up. Many people, just like me were finally getting home. The city has a fresh coat of paint and shines brighter than ever.

 

But, as you can see on my way home to Manati, not everything is tourist perfect. This is what tourists never see. There were images I could not even bring myself to photograph. My daughter took some of those pics for me…. some I don’t need a photo. I memorized them.

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I don’t want to be negative, just REAL.

Red Dirt Of Home

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red dirt of Manati

survives    I plant the flowers

for you, daddy

the red dust on your boots

on the porch tiles

after you brushed out your khakis

there was always some left

in the cuffs of those work pants

 

today I whisper to your bones

look at your granddaughters

dad, one has your hazel eyes

one your blond hair

our hands stained red

the land you loved

I know you, I understand

 

we rinse our hands

water running red

splattering manicured toes

wipe dry on our shorts

they clean their hands meticulously

I keep the dirt 

under my nails

just a bit 

of home, of you

it is how 

I survive

Jeweled Poinsettia

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I grow the poinsettia plant because I can. The rain catches on the leaves like cabochons of perfect light. They glitter each leaf as the sun returns after a summer rain.  They will be green, green, green until after the Autumnal Equinox.

Then as the days grow shorter, the sunlight changes its angle in the sky. Little by little, some of the leaves will turn red. As the leaf clusters turn, small yellow flowers grow within these bunches. The combination of these become what we call the Christmas flower.

It is important to allow the plant to create itself. All summer it will grow larger and larger. We must wait. The poinsettia is responsive to light and I would never think of forcing it. Mine stay outside until the nights get cold, like the end of October. This takes patience and a watchful eye. Let the plant be a miracle on its own. Enjoy the change. It will continue to grow.

Good Morning

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I appologize for not being an active blogger since summer swim began. I’m still trying to watch the progress in Puerto Rico daily. Unfortunately, I’m unable to post every day. This gorgeous morning glory, so surprisingly white gave me its purple star center this morning. Amazing. Thank you all for visiting my blog and sometime in August, I’ll be on a better schedule. Besos y Abrazos….. Kisses & Hugs.