Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel, photo by Jason Hollinger, pellaea, from Flickr

Tomorrow, May 29th, my wife Irene and I will celebrate nine years of marriage. One afternoon, about ten years ago, we hiked to this beautiful mountain cove with a stunning view of a waterfall. Irene painted and I wrote several poems. This is one of those poems about our love that the Mountain Laurel witnessed that day, before we knew.

Mountain Laurel

The Mountain Laurel sees little in their mountain cove
In their little huddle they call a grove
Hugging tightly the weathered steeps
Rooting down to watery deeps

Love roots down like the love the Laurel observed
On that fresh and new spring day,
As love hugged tightly the weathered steeps,
Reaching deeply to love’s refreshing waters deep.

The Mountain Laurel saw love that spring day
     in their mountain cove,
From their little huddle they call a grove,
They hugged tightly to love’s steeps and to how love shows,
Rooting down to love’s deeps,
     and now the Mountain Laurel knows.

© Robbie Pruitt, 2003

This poem was submitted to Open Link Night at dVerse Poets on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. To see more poems submitted to Open Link Night, please visit the site here. The links will be live at 2 p.m. Central time on Tuesday. Check “Mr. Linky” for thisweek’s poems.

Kalmia, Mountain Laurel, photo by InAweofGod'sCreation 


  1. Beautiful tribute to Love, and happy anniversary. Isn't it great those places of memory that you connect to love, and what a keepsake to have both paintings and poetry.

  2. Wishing you many more years together. May they keep you rooted.

    How lovely that you shared your gifts of painting and poetry in this way.

  3. lovely man...and congrats on the anniversary...the 25th was my wife and i's 17th anniversary...beautiful poem to mark the occassion...

  4. That's just beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

  5. Robbie--thank you for sharing this lovely poem from your wife. I've tried to grow two Kalmia here in my yard in the Seattle area with no luck. I'm beginning to think they must be a tropical flower....:-)
    Happy Anniversary!

  6. If flowers could talk...
    A beautiful capture. Congratulations on your anniversary! Wishing you continued happiness...

  7. Best wishes on your anniversary. And what a beautiful love poem! I've been on adventurous hikes with my husband and there are delights, like these, in every one. :)