Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love Poem Contest Winner

Thanks to all who participated in our first-time-ever poetry contest - we received many wonderful poems celebrating love in South King County. Our judge had a difficult time deciding, but finally picked this entry by Marjorie Rommel as our winning poem. Happy Valentine's Day to all!

FLOWER LOVE - by Marjorie Rommel

She asked for yellow roses,

but roses were too dear,

so I sent white carnations

tied up in a yellow wire.

She stood at Cugini's window,

her disappointment clear

as water drops in the florist's case

on the roses of her desire.

I was moved to console her

--we twined in sheer delight--

and she bloomed yellow roses,

we sent up white carnation fire,

half the night.

Poet's Note: Cugini Florist is a venerable institution in Renton, destination of young men in need of orchid corsages for their girls on prom night, young girls and their mothers intent on the quintessential bridal bouquet, husbands seeking a dozen perfect long-stemmed red roses for their wives on Valentine's Day -- anyone needing anything in the way of flowers for any occasion from Mother's Day to the birth of a new baby. Women longing for their men to remember them are perennially pressing their noses to Cugini's always beautifully decorated windows.

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely poem and tribute to this very famous flower shop! My dozen red roses have never been forgotten - : ) Thank you Marjorie.

    Linda Petersen, Renton resident for 40 years