The Subtle Art of Love’s Debate

The Subtle Art of Love’s Debate

If you want true love to be your fate,
heed the advice I here relate:
the subtle art of love’s debate
requires words that resonate—
that tease and lure and serve as bait—
that charm as well as educate.

Many a lover learned too late
that loneliness would be his fate
because what he chose to relate
in one fell swoop on a first date
seemed only to exacerbate
or even worse to detonate.


Pedantic truths voiced with aplomb
may turn out to ignite a bomb.
That swain who thinks himself a prize
might be in line for a surprise,
for fair maiden ne’er was won
by bombast nor by corny pun.

Suitors, weigh your words inside
before you choose to rage or chide.
To stroll love’s pathway, walk the walk.
Take time to listen as well as talk.
Your questions will win you more hearts
than trying to display your smarts.


The greater part of conversation
lies not within one’s recitation.
Instead of gross bombacity,
express your curiosity.
Love plans require less machination.
Just greet her words with fascination.

 

The prompt today was detonate.

Hibiscus: Black and White Sunday and Cee’s Flower of the Day, May 28, 2017

 

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The prompt was to publish a photo in both color and black and white.  Luckily, I had just, on a whim, tried converting this hibiscus shot to black and white and was shocked to discover that I liked it better devoid of its gorgeous colors.  Here is the site if you’d like to play along: https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/black-white-sunday-after-and-before-y1-05/
I’m also using this for Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge.

Jungle: Sunday Trees, May 28, 2017

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My husband used to say that I wasn’t satisfied until people had to fight their way through the jungle to get to our house.  That was long ago and far away, but things haven’t changed much since then.  I love this wild tangle of Washingtonian palms, napa palms and hibiscus.

 

 

 

https://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/sunday-trees-289/

Saying It with Flowers

“Violets contain ionone, which short-circuits our sense of smell.  The flower continues to exude its fragrance, but we lose the ability to smell it.  Wait a minute or two, and its smell will blare again. Then it will fade again, and so on.”
                                       — Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

“Violets” jdb photo 2017


Saying It with Flowers

A lovely gesture, the violets—
but their scent  vanished
before you walked out the door.
“It will come back,” you promised.
And so it did, that sweet aroma,
radiating from the deep heart of the flowers
for brief moments before
vanishing again—
coming and going with a greater regularity
than your coming and your going.

“There is a scientific cause for this,”
you noted, ” The fragrance is still there,
but we just lose our ability to smell it.

It will come back again.”
And you were right.  
I could count upon it’s reappearance—
the mystery of its coming
and its going solved,
unlike your final exit
or why, when I requested
forget me nots,
violets are what 
you gave.

“Forget Me Nots” image from internet

The prompt today was “radiate.”

“Golden Hour” A Photo a Week Challenge

On the west coast of Mexico, sunset is indeed a golden experience. I especially like the way the ocean tides reflect the colors of the sunsets.  You’ll need to click on the first photo to see these all in a larger size and in better detail.

For the A Photo a Week Challenge

For Dux: Cutters

DSCF1865 - Version 3DSCF1863Much as I hate seeing my plants stripped of leaves and flowers, I also love watching the precision of the leaf cutter ants.  Some go up into the plants to cut leaves.  Others wait below to carry them away.  I’ll take more photos tomorrow.

See also:  https://judydykstrabrown.com/2014/09/21/pillage-and-warfare/

Flower of the Day: Garden Salad

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A few times a year the leaf-cutter ants make a salad table out of my garden, stripping the bougainvillea, especially.  Today they were busy outside my walls but so far they’ve left the new little bougainvillea bush alone.

 

https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/27/flower-of-the-day-may-28-2017-rhododendron/