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Water Hyacinth
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By Rich Tassinari
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             Water Hyacinths

A meadow spread with purple stars
Upon a summer carpet green,
Step lightly here, for what they are
Are not exactly what they seem.

Scrub brush and shrub and oak abound,
Much too familiar to arouse,
But water hyacinths when found
Will startle eyes, raise doubtful brows.

Not sown among the rocks or weeds
Or trodden paths like others were,
This saint in muddied waters feeds
With roots to make the water pure.

This seed is called to walk on water
With a light and buoyant part
That will not sink and will not falter,
Step here faithfully by heart.

Rich Tassinari
7/7/16


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Submitted: Friday, July 8, 2016

Last Updated: Friday, July 8, 2016

About the Poet
Husband, father, grandfather, and each title is my joy. As a youth, poetry was a means to express the inexpressable. I was attracted to (and still am) the beauty and brevity of verse. All flows out from God, and like a proper prayer, can flow back.


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