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Stop and Smell the Flowers

on May 10, 2013


“Walk among the wilds, gaze at the sky, understand nature and feel the spirits as they pass you by.” ~SLS

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Papa walked along life’s rocky path
Where no flowers lay beneath his feet
Tired and weary bones from toil and pain
Found rest only during winter’s sleep

 End of day brought Papa home
To Mama waiting at the door
With a faint-hearted smile he entered
Then wanted to leave no more

 No dust, grime, or smell of sweat
Not a place drab and dreary
Sweet fragrances of lilac and roses
Made the air bright and cheery

 Mama’s laugh made Papa smile
Ending the drudgery of the day
Early morning sun came too soon
Once again finding Papa on his way

 He stopped and smelled the flowers
Along side the dusty road
On the way home he picked a few
To lightened his heavy load

 A tradition handed down…

 Mama worked hard each day
Some days ready to explode
Papa brought Mama flowers
To lightened her heavy load

©2009 Remembering
Sharla Lee Shults

“Lighten the heavy load each day, stop and smell the flowers, maybe pick a few along life’s narrowing way.” ~SLS

11 responses to “Stop and Smell the Flowers

  1. Micki Peluso says:

    Beautiful poem–I really enjoyed this one. I’m dodging flowers for a while since the pollen count is so high here, I can hardly breathe. Soon the rain will wash it away and I can once again enjoy the season.

  2. Love the sentiment, but even more, I love the picture! What a great kitty 🙂

  3. bldodson says:

    Love the cat photo!

  4. Taylor says:

    Beautiful post Sharla! How appropriate when I’m trying desperately to conger up some time management and balance real life and book marketing. Pulled in all directions it seems, then I take a day and turn it all off and work in my yard. I’m so far behind on everything…but I enjoyed the day! Love ya, Taylor

    Sent from my iPad

  5. Absolutely beautiful !! Brought smiles 🙂

  6. Raani York says:

    Aaaaaawwwww…. Sharla!! How dare you making me cry on an innocent Friday afternoon? *sniff*
    Soooooo beautiful, your poem… and together with this absolutely cute picture, it’s a tear-starter…

  7. Dear catnip–fellow educator, having found you the other night I have been enjoying your words of inspiration as well as images–as one educator to another, I’m passing along a well deserved accolade, one no doubt, you have most likely earned before I came onto the scene..I’ve nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, which is a fun way of building community: please see Jolandi’s post concerning the award:

  8. joseyphina says:

    Beautiful, Sharla! 🙂

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