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Shout Out: "Just a Rose" by Colin Chappell

Orange Rose from Ma & Dad's Garden 2016

Orange Rose from Ma & Dad’s Garden 2016

When I first heard this poem, my mind immediately flashed on a photo I took during my Summer of Dad – that of a lone rose thriving in the midst of Ma & Dad’s overgrown and neglected garden.

“…for my blooms have served a purpose…”

From Just Thinking a collection of “little writings which may produce some little thoughts” here is Colin Chappell reading his poem, Just a Rose.

Note: All proceeds from book sales will be directed to Colin’s daughter who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2007. She is still fighting, but the treatment programs have taken their toll and she is unable to hold down a paying job for a variety of reasons. She is therefore dependent on benefits from her disability provider…She uses her time to volunteer for non-profit organizations, and has been involved in giving some dignity to the women who are living on the streets in Vancouver’s downtown East-side…She has also written a number of poems, two of which are included in the book!


  1. Jennie Fitzkee

    Really nice, Laura.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I like to think my photo compliments Colin’s poem. Thanks, Jennie.

    • colinandray

      Hi Jennie. Glad that you enjoyed it, and thanksfor letting us know. 🙂

  2. Dei

    Beautiful… and right on time for my ears. A gentle reminder to be grateful.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Hugs to you, dear Dei…

    • colinandray

      Hi Dei – It is always so nice to hear that one’s words registered with another. Thank you so much for commenting.

  3. L. Marie

    I enjoyed hearing Colin reading his poem. How lovely! We could all certainly learn from a rose. I’m grateful you shared that, Laura.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Glad to oblige, L.Marie!

    • colinandray

      Thank you L. Marie for your kind words. My “Just Thinking” book has many more thought provoking poems inside! 🙂

  4. Jill

    This is beautiful, Laura. Thank you for sharing.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Colin’s voice compliments his poetry, don’t you think?
      I hope your week is peaceful.

    • colinandray

      Glad you liked it Jill. There are lots more where that one came from! 🙂

  5. colinandray

    Thank you Laura for giving “Just A Rose” and (by association) my book “Just Thinking” some additional publicity. It really is appreciated. Colin.

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