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MY NEIGHBOR'S IRISES ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

My Neighbor's Irises...original watercolor painting is 8 x10 inches.   This made me think about this poem, which is about roses, but the meanings is just the same....


THE ROSES RED upon my neighbor's vine
Are owned by him, but they are also mine.
His was the cost, and his the labor, too,
But mine as well as his the joy, their loveliness to view.

They bloom for me and are for me as fair
As for the man who gives them all his care.
Thus I am rich, because a good man grew
A rose-clad vine for all his neighbors' view.

I know from this that others plant for me,
And what they own, my joy may also be.
So why be selfish, when so much that's fine
Is grown for you, upon your neighbor's vine.
Abraham Gruber



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