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Dear Magnolia Blossom
Grace Marie Grafton

You inspired satin. An afternoon of creamy light,
a quiet waltz, contralto hymn.
There aren't enough elegant words
to wrap you in. Lady, Lady Grandmother,
skin that glimmers, planet light
on an August night, a warm palm
caressing mine. It takes a thicker ink
to write you. I could wish
to tell your ancient story
or count your unfolding petals,
could wish to explain your propagation,
analyze the headiness of your scent.
Or I could simply lay my cheek
against your generous petals and be
at home in the oldest story.

© by Grace Marie Grafton.
Used with the author’s permission.



Grace Marie Grafton has taught young students in grades 1-5 to appreciate and write poetry for more than thirty years, as a poet and teacher active in the California Poets In the Schools organization. Her goal has been to support and develop the natural fascination with language of the young child and to encourage what she believes is an inborn love of poetry before it's "rationalized" out of most of us by about nine years of age. Grace’s  own poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines, and she is the author of six books of poems, the most recent being LENS. Her inspiration springs from nature, art and the poetry of others. Raised in California’s Central Valley, Grace now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and extended family. From her windows, she regularly sees deer, squirrels, woodpeckers, ravens and wild turkeys. Learn more about Grace at







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Posted 08/07/2020 05:28 AM
how tender! makes me wonder about all the ladies before me who led to my creation
Posted 08/07/2020 02:38 AM
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