Betty O’Hearn’s “Happy Flags” after Lauerman


Art of Poetry’s Betty O’Hearn rejoices for the arrival of spring in this poem inspired by the Josephine Moretz Shipley Lauerman painting, an artwork in the Woman Made exhibit at Hickory Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

Betty O’Hearn
After “Yellow Iris” by Josephine Moretz Shipley Lauerman

Greek God of the rainbow
Iris, you are loved.
You are the most beautiful flower,
with radiant colors of the rainbow.
But golden has power.
You burst up first in the garden
Stealing the full beauty of spring.
Odorless, remedial beekeeper,
you self seed.
Invading with green swords,
hold your flags high!

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2 Responses to Betty O’Hearn’s “Happy Flags” after Lauerman

  1. Love the line, “invading with green swords.”

  2. pat deaton says:

    Betty, I think that this is one of your best poems!!! Great job!! Love it!

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