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A Poem That Celebrates Diversity

Lora has been a featured writer in poetry publications. She is currently working on a collection of poems inspired by nature.

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The following poem, "The Flower Garden" is about the importance of appreciating individuality as opposed to uniformity in our families, at work, at school, in our communities and in our society on every level. It is diversity which makes our societies great not uniformity and sameness but our differences.

The Flower Garden

One day, as I was walking
I came across a garden...
long I stood there to gaze
every flower seemed perfect
and worthy of praise...
bold in color, refined in its symmetry...
how difficult a task to select from these
the one that would the most please,
as somehow their beauty was uniform

but I beheld one in particular,
a little flower
that first looked quite ordinary-
unspectacular, compared to the rest;
yet with fragile beauty
it somehow beguiled...
I stood there for quite a while.

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As the sun's rays
gently fell down on its petals,
it stood out among all the others
with a singularity...
a flower that many would have ignored-
for it might not have passed the critic's test
but nonetheless a beauty it did suggest;


and upon closer look
its glory would suddenly unfold,
with its petals
a soft palette of pastels,
to one who could behold...

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but to the impatient,
undiscerning eye-
it would have been dismissed,
and lack of perception
so confirming its imperfection;
unattended to would have wilted
or treated as a weed
for those more salient qualities
in their criteria which it could not meet...

and in a wasteland tossed
its virtue lie in vain,
a beauty never to be seen again
as it slowly dies...
its uniqueness forever lost.

-Lora Hollings

Every Child Is A Different Kind of Flower

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Garden Party by Rick Nelson

This Song by Rick Nelson is about being yourself, "Can't please everyone so you got to please yourself."

Comments

Lora Hollings (author) on January 09, 2020:

Thanks Jason for the read and I'm deeply honored that you liked my poem and its message so much. All my life, even from the time I was very young, I was not only a victim of a narrow mindset but witnessed the unfairness of others being treated in a manner that they were somehow inferior to others just because their talents may have not been as appreciated by those in authority or due to the shortsightedness of those doing the judging. I totally agree with you that uniqueness is the spice of life and that maybe if we look just a little more closely and open up our hearts and minds, we may see something of real value that we didn't see before. Best Wishes to you for the New Year!

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on January 08, 2020:

Excellently written and a great message. I love the analogy between the flower garden and humanity. Having diversity and uniqueness is our spice of life. This planet, our people, the animals, the plants, yes, even the bugs...It's beautiful, we are all beautiful. We all have value. I loved this poem. Thanks, Lora!

Lora Hollings (author) on November 25, 2019:

Thank you for dropping by Mihai and for your generous comment. I'm very happy that you enjoyed my poem and its message.

mihbrinas on November 19, 2019:

Beautiful. I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to read this!

Lora Hollings (author) on October 31, 2019:

Thanks for your wonderful comment, Patricia. We often miss what is really of value in our relationships and in our lives as we tend to focus our attention on things that are readily apparent when, in fact, it maybe the more subtle things about our lives that really make the difference in living a happy life. Angels are headed your way this evening too.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 30, 2019:

Too often we do miss the unique while looking for something spectacular when in fact, the spectacular is right before our eyes. Beautifully stated...thanks for sharing. Angels are headed your way this evening ps

Lora Hollings (author) on October 13, 2019:

Thanks Beth for reading and for your lovely comment. Many blessings to you.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on October 13, 2019:

Well done! You have expressed the truth with a delicate beauty.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 02, 2019:

Thank you Alyssa for the read and for your gracious comment. "Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a contribution." -Deepak Chopra

Alyssa from Ohio on October 02, 2019:

Beautifully written and a great reminder for us all! Thank you for sharing this!

Lora Hollings (author) on September 13, 2019:

Thank you for your wonderful comment, Saraz. Life is all about finding our own path and doing what makes us happy. We cannot be what someone else wants or thinks we should be. We need to be ourselves. This quote to me states this very well: "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”-Henry David Thoreau

SARA from Islamabad on September 13, 2019:

Very beautifully written...

It's a reality and you have conveyed a profound truth.

Although this world seems to be very bitter sometimes but uniqueness is lost under extreme pressure and stress. You are absolutely right.

Lora Hollings (author) on August 02, 2019:

Thanks Denise for visiting and leaving your kind comment. A garden with its different flowers seems to symbolize the idea that diversity is something to be valued and contributes to the beauty of the garden. Often times, we don’t take the time to look more closely at someone or even a potential pet to see that they do have something special and can add much to our lives, but come to a judgement based more on what is more obvious but miss what maybe more subtle and enrich our lives in ways that we never before imagined.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 02, 2019:

How beautiful. It's forever immortalized in verse. I love flowers. Even what some consider weeds because they have such a delicate simplicity and beauty for the person who takes the time to see it.

Blessings,

Denise

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 29, 2019:

A great message in your poem. Each flower is beautiful and so are we as human beings. God has made us all with love and each one of us shine in our own special way.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 23, 2019:

Thank you Brenda for reading and your gracious comment. I think that, far too often, we don't take enough time to really get to know someone and what they have to offer. We come to a judgement of them prematurely and base our opinion on more superficial means or base our opinions on what other people think rather than taking the time to really see for ourselves. You are right. It may be the ones that we overlook who have something much more valuable to offer us than the ones that may attract the most attention.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 23, 2019:

Thank you Lorna for such an inspiring poem.

It is usually the ones who are different who can show the world the most beauty.

We should all look more closely and appreciate the ones who get overlooked.

Great write.

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on July 09, 2019:

Enjoyed this poem, Lora. We should look at all human beings as we look at the flower. Perhaps, we’d appreciate life better.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 08, 2019:

Thank you Laura for reading and for your gracious comment. I'm glad that you found the message to be a good one! Warm Regards.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 07, 2019:

Thank you Linda for stopping by and I'm complimented that you liked the message of this poem. Yes, how true your words relate this message too. We often dismiss something in favor of more obvious attributes and by doing this, we can miss something of greater value. If we could just see from a different perspective then something may appear very differently. All varieties of flowers compliment each other in a garden and its the differences that contribute to the garden's overall beauty just as diversity is needed in our society.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 07, 2019:

Thank you Pamela for reading and commenting. I'm glad you really enjoyed the poem and appreciate the pastel flower! Perhaps, we need to look more closely or with greater depth before we come to a conclusion too quickly.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 07, 2019:

Thank you John for your kind comment and your words ring true about the message of this poem. I adopted a dog from a shelter who I found hiding in the corner of her cage. Because she was so fearful, people wouldn't adopt her. There was just something about her. Her eyes were so beautiful and it's as if she was saying to me, please help me and don't pass me up, I just need someone that just understands. So I adopted Emmy and she was quite timid for a long time but she grew out of it and became one of the friendliest and loving dogs I ever had! She had such a big heart but she just needed someone to give her a chance so that she could learn to trust again.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 07, 2019:

Thank you Flourish for stopping by and I'm glad you liked the message of this poem. Your comments are always appreciated. Warm regards.

Laura Grace on July 07, 2019:

Beautiful poem Lora and such a good message...

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 06, 2019:

This is a lovely poem about the value of diversity and the importance of what may seem like imperfection until we realize its value.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 06, 2019:

It is funny that in a world that seems to strive for perfection it is the things that are imperfect or a little different that stand out and capture the attention. Your poem The Flower Garden illustrates that so well Lora. Beautiful.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 06, 2019:

Thank you Lorna for stopping by and for your gracious comment. It is a message that goes deeply to my heart both as a child and as an adult. I not only experienced this in my own family being expected to have the same interests and being treated differently if you chose to go in another direction from my parent's preplanned vocation for their children and I paid a pretty high price emotionally to be able to finally go in the direction that I wanted too. Children shouldn't have to go through such anguish to pursue their own interests. I also witnessed this as a school counselor that many children had emotional issues brought on by parents wanting too much control over their children’s lives and teachers being too judgmental if the child happened to be a little different than the norm. It is so important to respect our children’s unique gifts and personalities and foster an environment that is supportive of their goals and help them to respect themselves as well as others.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 06, 2019:

I agree with your statement on diversity. I love your poem and appreciate the pastel flower.

Lorna Lamon on July 06, 2019:

There is a beautiful elegance in your writing Lora which I really admire. This is a wonderful poem and a great example in exploring uniqueness. Wouldn't life be boring if we were all the same - it's our differences which make us interesting.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 06, 2019:

A worthy message, particularly in today’s reality.