If You Stop and Smell the Roses You’ll Recharge Your Batteries ❀


Wendy L. Macdonald


 Stop and Smell the Roses

I long for thornless roses

with days of lingering peace

where trials are no longer present

for they have bid defeat


But if I stop and smell the roses

that bloom between the thorns

I find within these pauses

my strength’s fully restored


And in my arbor of roses

I’ve noticed a thing or two

 the roses without thorns

aren’t as sweet, aren’t as true.


Wendy ❀ 2015




The flower cluster pictured above

is from a rose I thought was wild.

Its thorny branches appeared within a perennial border

alongside my potting shed,

despite my efforts to remove it.




The same thing happened with the one in this picture.

This is a wild rose and not quite as fragrant as the other one.

My attempts to eradicate them failed.

And I’m glad.

If it wasn’t for my busyness…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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