“B” is for Bougainvillea

Three colors of bougainvillea adorn a fence in...

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Submitted to Leonnyes Z to A Challenge:  http://leonnyes.wordpress.com/ and to Jingle’s Poetry Rally (December 2, 2010): http://thursdaypoetsrallypoetry.wordpress.com/  

I must confess to a bit of poetic burn-out this morning, so I’ve reverted to a poem I wrote last winter during our stay in Palm Desert. Bougainvillea don’t grow here in Reno and certainly not in the snowy cold weather we’re experiencing right now but they are abundant down in the desert.


when you’re aware,
life hurls its beauty
in your face.

Nature you know
so well
comes of age in
her seduction.

Color mounts
surrounding walls,
invades the senses with
its brilliance,

fondles, tantalizes,
coaxes you till you
understand her message,

her loveliness into
your hands
so you will
linger for awhile.

25 thoughts on ““B” is for Bougainvillea

  1. Jingle says:

    let me know after you are done 18 visiting…
    have fun!


  2. dysonology says:

    very pretty – I want to go to a tropical garden!


  3. I never thought flowers could be described in such a sexy way, but you did it. Your words seduce, like the bougainvillae they describe. I love this!


  4. booguloo says:

    I like it. Plus they are my favorite fence filler!


  5. If one wants to be happy, nature is best source for it.
    Flowers are the full of pleassure and peace.
    Nicely written.


  6. julielaing says:

    I fell in love with bougainvillea when I was traveling in southern Europe–and so wish it would grow in Montana for me and Reno for you! I so enjoyed this piece it inspired–particularly “hurled,” such a great word in your phrase. Thanks for sharing this one!


  7. jargnar says:

    Color mounts
    surrounding walls,
    invades the senses with
    its brilliance,”

    keep writing


  8. Carl says:

    Enjoyed it. I liked “Coaxes you till you / understand her message.”


  9. deadpoet88 says:

    So beautiful! Well written! I love the emotions in this one!


  10. Jingle says:

    super elegant piece.
    it is a bliss to see you shine it with poets rally.
    have fun!


  11. lynnaima says:

    And linger we must but oftentimes we don’t. We take the beauty for granted more often than not. Nature is to be appreciated for the respite it does offer us! Thanks Liv 🙂


  12. Pretty and beautiful, this definitely brighten up my gloomy morning!XD


  13. Kavita says:

    Ooohh… lovely wordplay, Victoria! Nature sure has her ways to lure us..doesn’t she?
    I remember my grandmother’s house and the gated walls … pheww !! Bougainvillea all over it!! What a treat to the eyes!! 🙂 Your poem describes its beauty perfectly…
    Well done, my dear!!


  14. trisha says:

    these flowers are so pretty, are not they? loved the way you described them.


  15. Heart says:

    “her loveliness into
    your hands” That is what we did with the flowers!! Reminds me of childhood, when we would try to rub them onto our hands and then get them all colorful.. Silly days 🙂


  16. Nanka says:

    Lovely Bougainvillea and a beautiful poem to match them.

    These grow all year round here and planted along compound walls.
    What a pretty sight they make in their various colors.
    Very pleasing to the eye!!


  17. Olivia says:

    Yes….. Very well said..
    We call these here- “paper flower”, that’s the translation..

    fondles, tantalizes,
    coaxes you till you
    understand her message..

    That’s how nature plays with us. we often turn a blind eye and live in ignorance and often denial too..

    Well Done Victoria.. 🙂
    Love xxxx


  18. Bodhirose says:

    Well this caught my eye because that is one of my favorite “flowers”. I have two growing in my hot, humid yard here in Florida–the bright fuschia and a salmon orange color. They’re in full bloom now.

    A lovely description of their “in your face” beauty!


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