Sunday, June 13, 2010

In the Garden

The rose bush died.
Brown stems wither and shed their leaves.
Thorns are still sharp and vengeful
As if in anger at an early demise.

I wear my gloves to fend off damage.
The thorns prick, surprising
me with pain. Blood soaks the cloth
like tears that cannot be brushed away.

Roots surprisingly strong
Grip the earth in rebuttal of my efforts
To pull them loose and clean the bed.
I kneel in the dirt, tired from the struggle.

In time, another rose will be planted.
It will be fragrant and beautiful,
A reminder of the one lost.
I will water its petals with my tears.

3 comments:

Ann Flowers said...

Nice blog. Being a great lover of garden art, I enjoyed going through your blog. keep on posting.

Granny Sue said...

Thank you, Ann. I've been writing here since 2007, and have found it to be a creative outlet necessary for me as a writer. and I get to meet a lot of good people here, too!

Nance said...

We put on the gloves to protect ourselves from future hurt. We pull back, pull our heads in as a turtle -- to avoid more pain and heart break. But you are strong and resilient and know the rhythm of life -- of birth and death. And know there will be good days ahead. Good poem.

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