On Thorn and Thistle

On Thorn and Thistle
On Thorn and Thistle…beauty at a price

On thorn, on thistle and dogwood too,
flowers delicate in light’s afferent giving,
yet woody, spikes and sharps dissuade,
those blooms ripe for the picking,
and so life leads with a gift and a woe,
each accompanying the other,
one of spite and protection’s reign,
the other a beauty and a pure life slain.

And all beauty comes with risk,
all risk has its beauty, its reveal,
and the greatest victory of beauty’s unfolding,
is to behold it without the pain, the squeal,
yet precious that bloom that in capture did sting,
for it embodies the living, what reality brings,
and more shall we cherish that miraculous flower,
in hand so delicate, its beauty empowered.

So in living all things in irony lay,
extremes of thought so easily displayed,
and for all our gifts our victories and plights,
a downside is present, as day becomes night,
and take what we will from the possibilities proffered,
acceptance and understanding a need,
for smoothly does life deliver its verdicts,
and effortlessly does life make us bleed.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

Tony DeLorger
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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

4 thoughts on “On Thorn and Thistle

  • October 5, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    Wonderful poetry as we all embark on life’s journey taking the good with the bad. Love the line – and all beauty comes with a risk. Made me think of roses with their thorns.

  • October 5, 2016 at 5:26 AM

    How true, beauty does have a risk attached, a side we do not at first see. How enlightening your verse is Tony. Very well penned.


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