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A Rose that Grows in Peat



by Greg Asimakoupoulos
January 9, 2004

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A Rose that Grows in Peat_Greg Asimakoupoulos- “Reward the player, not the gambler!”
That’s the rue and cry.
But let sportswriters beware.
The fragrance in the air
is a bit misleading.
A rose that grows in peat
can’t be trusted to stand up straight.
Neither will it last.
It’s a plant that lacks integrity
and it’s easy to see
it’s not the petals
that color the man.
It’s the life
from which his petals stem.
In the end it’s the full flower
that should be judged,
not just the part we think smells sweet.
A rose by any other name
should be equally scrutinized.
He who is wise knows that
prized varieties don’t come cheap.
Their roots go deep.
In Cooperstown (or any town),
an award-winning garden
must be weeded and fenced
lest the beauties on display
simply wilt and fade away.

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Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.

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