A thorny subject

25 September 2011 § 12 Comments

By any other name?

Call me

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

Call me

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

Call me

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!!


  • 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.


    • 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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