American Blossom

What to say to blood-stained concrete
Where the residue of life burned out
How to explain the difference between two seconds
Each on the opposite side of history
Do we speak of the future marred by loss
Or the past that has robbed the peace of the present


(written March 27th, 2013)


6 thoughts on “American Blossom

  1. Great contemplative poem, AB! If we “gather ye rosebuds while ye may” then it’s best we pluck petals off today’s bouquet before a dried and bitter stem remains. Counting our blessings in the present moment is the only way to live. Hope you are having a good day, my friend 🙂

    • I agree that the present moment is the only place we can really find peace and beauty. I hope that there is at least some element of that sentiment in the poem above, but I’ve found that “gather[ing] ye rosebuds while ye may” tends to leave the bush naked. I believe I understand what Herrick is saying in his poem, but I often wonder why one should gather the rosebuds instead of appreciating their current place in nature. This question has always kept me from fully accepting the poem’s (ascribed) sentiment. If we take advantage of beauty in the present, there may not be any beauty left for the future.

      This is not my only reading of “Gather ye rosebuds,” but I enjoy trying to look at poems from a different perspective. For example, I once argued and convinced most of a class that “The Road not Taken” was not about individuality, but the appearance of it. I defeated my own argument later, but not until I heard my interpretation parroted by another student in another class.

      And thank you very much for your reply! And please ignore my “contrariness.” It’s a habit I have to challenge my own perceptions, particularly with those whom I respect and can teach me something. 🙂


      • No

        No worries, AB! We are of the same creative energy, so I totally follow where you are going. Our conviction and passion for life are similar. I threw away my rose colored glasses and got some clear contacts. They are bendable in almost any situation. I appreciate and respect your perspective. Keep up the soulful work on your blog. Hope you are having a great Friday, my friend!

    • Thank you. I was going through my notebooks and this one seemed suddenly more pertinent. I really appreciate your consideration of my little works.

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