A thorny subject

25 September 2011 § 12 Comments

By any other name?

Call me
Barbed-flower
Flesh-ripper
Swell-tendon
Blood-dripper.

My scent is dulled
My colour bled
My suckers rampant
Leaders dead.

Call me
Shirt-snagger
Finger-finder
Hand-harrow
Eye-blinder.

Hack me down
Cut me deep
Burn my remains
Leave me to sleep.

Call me
Fly-ridden
Rust-spotted
Mildew-powdered
Canker-rotted.

Then tell me how
Sweet I smell now.

Pruned a rose bush this morning. Didn’t enjoy it much!

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§ 12 Responses to A thorny subject

  • slpmartin says:

    Sounds painful to me. 🙂

  • Ina says:

    LOL A rose by any other name would stink as much or something like that 🙂

  • John Stevens says:

    I love that list of names Nick – very imaginative (and all printable too – bet you came up with a few other less original ones while pruning!).
    I like the alternation, too, between the two threads of thought.

  • gonecycling says:

    Must confess I did question its parentage in fairly fruity terms. Glad you liked the poem, John – it was certainly fun to write.

  • belfastdavid says:

    *Big Smile*

    I guess the rose bush won on points!!

    David

  • tikarmavodicka says:

    As someone who has just dug up five rose bushes I have to say I just love this poem! I can certainly relate to your sentiments.

    I’m not the biggest fan of roses. For sure the flowers are lovely but the bush they grow on *sigh*, It leaves me rather ill-tempered and sore…hence mine have been replaced with native Kangroo paw. Soft grass like plant and velvet like flowers. Much more soothing and friendlier than wretched thorns.

    I enjoyed this poem immensly, especially your descriptions and the rhythm you set. I’m left with a distinct impression of hard work and satisfaction.

    Tikarma.

    • gonecycling says:

      Thank you so much Tikarma – I felt I was taking a bit of a gamble with my ‘neo-folklore’ names for the rosebush so I’m really pleased it worked. Kangaroo paw sounds a far more amenable plant; I can understand why you chose it!

  • Thomas Davis says:

    What is great about this piece is all the declaratives and commands, all leading to a pricked finger and a beautiful rose. Nature poetry indeed.

    • gonecycling says:

      I had a lot of fun with this one, making up all the faux folk-names for the rose. Must confess I called it a lot of other, far less complimentary, names in the heat of battle, though. Thank you for the +ve response.

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