June Apology: A Writer Wednesday Post

June 11th, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Poetry


Rose voiceRose Voice, photo and all text © Irene O’Garden, 2014


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A poem newer than this bloom–7am today:




I wanted to write you,

yet am I lost

in the voices of roses.


I wanted my pen,

not the coaxing touch of peach,

the goatsbeard’s palomino mane,

the sticky resins of fertility.


I wanted to write you

of things more important than spring,

but my words are webbed in petals,

scattered over the fields

like daisy and bedstraw,

caught in the purpletipped clover.


I cannot gather or release them.

I cannot write or speak them.

I am lost in the voices of roses.



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  • Laura

    Woke up to catch this bouquet and what a way to start a June Day thank you Irene, Laura

    • IreneOGarden

      Thanks, Laura–I was recently asked for a list of my inspirations, and you are on it!

  • Cathy gonick

    What a wonderful land lovely poem. I can’t remember ever seeing a poem being addressed as you, and loved the word goatsbeard, which I had to look up.

    • IreneOGarden

      How nice to hear your “voice,” Cathy! I love the idea of addressing the poem itself, which hadn’t occurred to me–I was addressing you, my readers!

  • Mark Rettman

    Apology accepted! …( but no apologies needed for this offering). ….

    Expressed mathematically: JUNE = BEAUTY *

    * For definition of beauty, see Irene O’ Garden’s work

    • IreneOGarden

      Thank you, dear Mark! You make me smile and blush at once!

  • Scott

    Such beauty to be found in petal-webbed words!

    • IreneOGarden

      Thanks, Fella–

  • keefe

    Irene read your posts every wednesday ,sorry I haven’t commented before, love this poem, I am so jealous just keep writing, you are my inspiration….will be in NY this summer, hope to see you then….keefe still the burbanoid

    • IreneOGarden

      Dear Moira–how great to hear from you–it means so much to me that you enjoy these posts! Let me know when you’ll be here!

  • Vay David


    • IreneOGarden

      You know I thought of you when it was finished!

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