Fifty-two free verse reflections express the poignant and changing moods of a year. They are appropriate to use in family celebrations and religious services, as well as for personal meditation. A few copies are still available for $7.00, postage included. Address your request to edsearl@gmail.com. Softcover. 5.5x8.5 inches. Perfect-bound. 70 pages

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Beggar's Bouquet: A Circle of the Seasons

BEGGAR'S BOUQUET

The yellowish tint of the grass
and the deeply sculptured sky,
--white on blue--
Seen through a curtained window
Haunted me with a memory of spring
I couldn't quite place.

Later, along a roadside
rank with weeds and summer trash,
I picked a beggar's bouquet
of goldenrod and asters.

The gold and purples were
burnished and rich
like the colors of a royal robe,
Yet of greater worth
because they couldn't be owned.

Time will take you through the seasons.
Time will haunt your memories
of former days you can't quite place.
And time will give you a richness of being-
greater than royal treasures, but only
for the moment.

The richness you might hold
but not own.
For only time owns
the treasure of your being
in its cycling eternity.

This title poem comes from the 1990 collection Beggar's Bouquet: A Circle of the Seasons, Royal None Such Press. La Grange. IL.


Publications by
Ed Searl

Anthologies: Rites of Passage
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings to Celebrate Birth
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings on Growing Up
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings to Celebrate Love and Marriage
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings on Death and Remembrance
Anthology: The Animal Kingdom
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings to Celebrate the Animal Kingdom
Funerals and Memorial Services
A Guide to Modern Funeral and Memorial Services
Home Altars
A Guide to Creating Sacred Spaces in Your Home
Poetic Reflections
52 Meditations Follow Nature and Self Through the Satisfying Cycle of Four Seasons.