My Sweet Wild Rose by Lois  Bryan

Featured in Art Universe May 29, 2012.

A wild rose which has grown and flourished in the depths of our yard, near the woods, since long before our home was built. In the air of a late May or June evening, sometimes, we catch a breath of its sweet fragrance.

“My Wild Rose”
by Ellen P. Allerton

I had a garden, which I kept
With busy hands and tender care;
And once, while carelessly I slept,
Fanned softly by the drowsy air,
A wild rose to my garden crept,
And blossomed there.

O, sweet surprise. It seemed to me,
Some fair hand, my heart to bless,
Had brought it there, from wood or lee.
It came unsought ’twas loved no less;
I stooped and touched it tenderly,
With soft caress.

I grew to love it passing well;
While strange exotics, rich and rare,
With heart of gold and crimson bell,
Paid grudgingly for constant care,
My wild rose, as in a woodland dell,
Bloomed fresh and fair.

I watered not, I did not prune,
I tied it not with cord or thong;
Yet, morn by morn and noon by noon,
Through days of summer, hot and long,
And underneath the midnight moon,
From branches strong

Hung clustered blossoms sweet and red;
And day by day and week by week,
I trod the path which toward it lead.
Whate’er my mood. I did not speak,
But close against bowed my head
And pressed my cheek.

I think of it with sudden thrill.
Now wide lands lie, deep water flows,
Smiles many a vale, looms many a hill
Between me and the garden-close;
Yet fondly I remember still
My sweet wild rose.

Photographic image captured with the Nikon D300 and the 105mm vr Nikon macro lens, May 2012. Treated to much fiddling in Adobe Raw, Photoshop CS4 and 5 and hand painting in Corel Paint 11. Texture courtesy of French Kiss. My thanks to my dear friend Beve Brown-Clark ( Reflective Moments – Photography and Digital Art Images ) who has, over the years, encouraged me to shoot in raw.

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  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 3 years ago

    So beautiful Lois !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mariola!!!! Hello, sweetie!!! Thank you, thank you!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Robin King
    Robin Kingalmost 3 years ago

    Ahhhh………what a beauty!!!

    Aren’t they amazing? Nothing quite like the ones that arrive on their own and hang on through all the upheaval in weather, etc. Lovely words, too!

  • SO true, Robin!!!! We moved in here in late June, 25 years ago, and I remember standing out on the back deck and a breeze bringing the sweet fragrance … it was such a wonderful surprise!!! With all the landscaping we’ve done, we’ve left that knot natural … and every year I look forward to the blooms again!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallacealmost 3 years ago

    Oh so lovely! Beautiful image and musings…

  • Thank you so much, sweetie!!!!! And yes, isn’t it a lovely poem? Exactly how I feel about our wild roses, too!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning, Lois. I love wild roses. And what a beautiful poem x

  • Agnes, thank you!!!!! I forgot to include the author of the poem’s name!!!! She’s there now!!!!! < slapping self upside the head >

    – Lois Bryan

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous …

  • thank you, dear Tom!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Astrid Ewing Photography
    Astrid Ewing P...almost 3 years ago

    Oh, this is spectacular!

  • thank you, Astrid!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryalmost 3 years ago

    Such a lovely delicate image, Lois! Such artistry and finesse!

  • Bonnie, thank you so so much!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work Lois!!!

  • thanks so much, Kristi!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • nansart
    nansartalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful, Lois, and what a lovely poem. Wild roses are one of my favorite flowers.

  • Nan thank you … and thank you for mentioning the poem … I am deeply horrified and ashamed to say that when I copied the poem over, I’d somehow neglected to include the title and the author’s name!!! BAH!!!!! It’s there now!!!!!! So a double thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    Very lovely work. Soft and sweet.

  • Thank you, Bunny!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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