Many Roses

Set roots in a proper manner

find more fertilizer to pamper

my rosebush

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Tallest of all rhododendron

species of rhodie maximum

is rosebay

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First of the garden blooms in spring

small yet delightfully pretty

many primrose

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Bringing it into the kitchen

flavors food in many dishes

this rosemary

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A bloom that lasts only one day

be quick or you won’t have time to

smell rockrose

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dVerse prompt to write Compound Word Verse

Many Roses

Asking

“What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow out of this stony rubbish?”

(Richard always asked questions. Even when he was giving an answer, he would speak the answer in the form of a question. Sometimes that made life miserable and misunderstood. Other times it brought clarity and enlightenment.)

“Was it rhubarb?”

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dVerse prompt using the line from The Wasteland by T S Eliot

Asking

More Than I Know

I

Woke this morning

cloudy with chance of rain

brown of death hanging

from trees

waiting to fall

II

Inside where it is warm

oven holds greater heat

melts the butter

sugar and flour and eggs

holds the cookie together

III

A child pets the dog

soft fur under her hand

rising and falling with breath

curious to greet

this nonhuman being

IV

Preparing for winter

I mend the armscye

thread moves through fabric

brings together these parts

making it whole again

V

There is much more to life

than what I know—

enter from the inside out

breathe deeper

rejoice

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dVerse prompt on cadralor— five part poem each part can stand alone. Parts seemingly unrelated. Fifth part brings wholeness.

More Than I Know

Gun

Is it for protection

or aggression

is happiness a warm gun

its cold barrow resting on cheek

held against my lips

finger trembling on trigger

if you try to disarm me

accidentally shoot me

who would believe you

after covering my body

with stones

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dVerse prompt to write a quadrille using the word stone— and my obsession with Gabby Petito homicide

Gun