Phyllis the Amaryllis
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Phyllis the Amaryllis
By Frank L. and Mary T. Hoffman
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(Amaryllis - 01)
We'd like you to meet Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

(Amaryllis - 02)

(Amaryllis - 03)
For years she grew leaves of green,
But not a flower was seen.

(Amaryllis - 03a)

(Amaryllis - 04)
For this flower is Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

(Amaryllis - 05)

(Amaryllis - 05a)
Her flower stalk was a surprise,
That appeared before our eyes.

(Amaryllis - 06)

(Amaryllis - 06a)
We watched her many times each day,
Making sure she was okay.

(Amaryllis - 07)

(Amaryllis - 07a)
For this flower is Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

(Amaryllis - 08)

(Amaryllis - 09)
Both her flower buds were spread,
Making room for blooms of red.

(Amaryllis - 10)

(Amaryllis - 11)
We looked on with much delight,
As she glowed in the sunlight.

(Amaryllis - 12)

(Amaryllis - 13)
For this flower is Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

(Amaryllis - 14)

(Amaryllis - 15)
For nearly twenty-five years,
She almost brought us to tears.

(Amaryllis - 15a)

(Amaryllis - 15b)
She seemed to have no power,
To grow a yearly flower.

(Amaryllis - 16)

(Amaryllis - 17)
For this flower is Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

(Amaryllis - 17a)

(Amaryllis - 18)
Yet with no pollen to adorn,
These anthers were not forlorn.

(Amaryllis - 18a)

(Amaryllis - 19)
Her beauty stands atop our page,
A masthead that will not age.

(Amaryllis - 19a)

(Amaryllis - 19b)
For this flower is Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

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(Amaryllis - 21)
 In a very few days,
She entered a new phase.

(Amaryllis - 22)

(Amaryllis - 23)
Then pollen began to show,
As she continued to grow.

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(Amaryllis - 25)
For this flower is Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

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(Amaryllis - 27)
Silhouetted against the light,
Your beauty is a true delight.

(Amaryllis - 28)

(Amaryllis - 29)
Phyllis how brightly you glow,
Viewed against the outside snow.

(Amaryllis - 31)

(Amaryllis - 32)
For this flower is Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

(Amaryllis - 33)

(Amaryllis - 33a)
Demurely she stands by the door of glass,
Clothed in scarlet; what a lass!

(Amaryllis - 33b)

(Amaryllis - 34)
Of beauty there is no lack,
Even when viewed from her back.

(Amaryllis - 35)

(Amaryllis - 36)
For this flower is Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

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(Amaryllis - 39)
When viewed in great detail,
Her beauty seems so frail.

(Amaryllis - 40)

(Amaryllis - 41)
'Cause Phyllis looks so regal,
We wrote this merry jingle.

(Amaryllis - 42)

(Amaryllis - 43)
For this flower is Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

(Amaryllis - 44)

(Amaryllis - 45)
She views the world from giant stalk;
What would she say, if she could talk?

(Amaryllis - 46)

(Amaryllis - 47)
Then in year two-thousand-four,
She sprang before the kitchen door.

(Amaryllis - 48)

(Amaryllis - 49)
For this flower is Phyllis,
Our household amaryllis.

(Amaryllis - 50)

(Amaryllis - 51)
Was she a bit contrary?
No bloom 'til February.

(Amaryllis - 52)

(Amaryllis - 53)
After a week of blooming full tilt,
Alas! Phyllis began to wilt.

(Amaryllis - 54)

(Amaryllis - 55)
For this flower is Phyllis,
God's bright red amaryllis.

(Amaryllis - 56)

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