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Wendell Speer 1955 (Florida)


Have you ever seen a painting
By Karen of a flower,
Delegated by God, perhaps,
To express His sublime power?
(Each one holds great likeness
To the one upon the stem.
Each, in its singular beauty,
Is a portrait made of Him.)
Could it be, I sometimes wonder,
That He falters in His might
And hires a gentle helper
To bring His subtleties to light?

I suppose not does He so design:

When the nightingale sings
To woo the lady of his choice,
By the sweet breath of God
Does music claim his voice.
The firefly in the forest
Wouldn't travel very far
If the darkness wasn't conquered
By His attachment of a star.
I may need to reconsider,
For He is the Maker of it all.
Without His hand to hold it up,
The Universe would fall.
Still, when I look upon a painting
By Karen of a flower,
I wonder if He commissioned her
To compliment His power.
Wendell Speer

About this poem

This poem was inspired by the paintings of a dear friend, all if which had flowers for their subject.

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Written on December 11, 2019

Submitted on June 28, 2022

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Wendell Speer

Born in Dade City, Florida on 10/21/1955. Received Batchelor of Arts degree in Film Theory from Florida Atlantic University in 1982. Lived in Poland for 21 years between 1978 and 2002. Taught practical English at Adam Mickiewicz University and workd in film production when in Poland. Writer and publisher of several children's fantasy books. Uniquely, my poem about Florida's Withlacoochee River is posted in five public locations along the river. more…

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