Daily Archives: April 14, 2015

The Earth Laughs in Flowers

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The Earth Laughs in Flowers

I walked this morning, just after the rain, and I thought of you each time I looked at a flower…its color, its shape, its delicate fragrance.   It is beautiful here…..and it is beautiful in your eyes.

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Kaleidoscope eyes

A world of change
Round and round 
Unfolding-
My heart of envy and gold,
The birth of a new stone
Hazel room, vibrant lilac sky, 
Deep orange haze in a warm place 
Arms of sapphire and cornflower blue
Fuchsia beauty drip 
All colors drift
The day we met
Visions of dark slate-gray
Fading away
Lighting the new age gem
Turning and creating different stars
Magic mint skies
White antique petals follow the wind
Opal dreams, clouds embedded with impurity
My heartbeat produces flashing colors 
The palest amethyst bluebonnet forever fields
Flawless tear drop streams
Diamond shaped love
Ruby red promises to keep 
Falling into the deep
Every color spins new
The day I fell in love with you
Peridot lime green shade 
A love as old and gray
Olive brownish sun
Honeydew skin
Our future clear as aquamarine 
Every day you turn fresh new seasons in me
Changing the sequence in my colors and event
Kaleidoscope Eyes
Reflected by the mirrors of you
Crystallizing everything
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Earth laughs in flowers....~Ralph Waldo Emerson 

4aAnd it is too bad this following Neruda poem is 
gender-specific.  It was written for
a woman...but I think  you'll catch 
my drift.  :-) 
neruda
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Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”  Rumi

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Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you. ~Rumi

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Love’s secret is always lifting its head out from under the covers, “Here I am!” ~Rumi

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I love being able to share my day with you in this way, for you to see these beautiful flowers through my eyes.  This is my gift to you.

Good Bye, Percy!

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Soul singer Percy Sledge dead at 73

Photo courtesy: Fans of Percy Sledge Facebook Page

Percy Sledge, the soul singer who took “When a Man Loves a Woman” to the top of the charts in 1966, died this morning at his Baton Rouge home.  He was 73.According to East Baton Rouge Parish coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark, Sledge died of natural causes while under hospice care.

Prior to becoming a recording artist, Sledge worked as a hospital nurse.  He caught his big break when he recorded “When a Man Loves a Woman.”  Sledge took the track, his debut single, to number-one on both the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent two weeks at the summit, and on the Billboard R&B Chart, where it held the top spot for six weeks.  The song also reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom twice–going to number-four upon its original release and reaching #2 when it was re-released in 1987.  The song found new life in the United States in 1991 when Michael Bolton’s cover of “When a Man Loves a Woman” topped the Billboard Hot 100.

Thursday will mark the 49th anniversary of the release of “When a Man Loves a Woman” as a single.

His other hits included “Warm and Tender Love” (Pop #17, R&B #5), “It Tears Me Up” (Pop #20, R&B #7), and “Take Time to Know Her” (Pop #11, R&B #6).

Even after his chart success fizzled, Sledge remained a fixture in the music industry, releasing albums and touring the United States to perform live in concert.

His contributions to the music industry earned him a number of awards, including a Blues Music Award, a Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and induction into the Delta Music, Louisiana Music, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.

“He was a wonderful guy in a terrible business,” said Steve Green with Artists International Management, Inc., the talent agency that represented Sledge.  “He was truly a standout.”

Sledge is survived by his wife and children.  Funeral arrangements are pending.