The Poetry of Ellin Anderson

ROSE, DO YOU KNOW

Ellin Anderson
 

1.

Rose, do you know your blood-red thorn
Finds gentle hands and leaves them torn?

Bee, do you know your velvet coat
Hides venom that can close a throat?

Rain, do you know your silver sound
Tolls out the years of those you've drowned?

And nightshade, do you know your breath
Weaves incense through the crepe of death?


2.

Whatever pangs your hands enfold,
Think of the beauty you behold.

If every thief was left to thrive,
No honeycomb would feed the hive.

The torrent drowns a heart's wild beat
And summer's burdens, drought and heat.

A beam falls on the prison floor:
My tender stems have forced the door.
 

2008 by Ellin Anderson. All rights reserved.
No part of this work may be copied or used in any way
without written permission from the author.


Young Barret O'Bara
Seabrook
Tiger and Blue Jewel

Winter's Hill
Maple-Key Song
November in Camelot

Wassail Song
Veleda
Cinderella
The Rooster at Midsummer
Liberty Enlightens the People

The Leap
The Goldfinch
Three Bears
Song of the Lily
White Tree at Twilight
The Christmas Tree

Song-Sparrow
Grand Bois du Nord
The Owl
Moth Summer
Verticordia
The Little God of Joy
Pear-Petals
Photographing the Moon
A Rabbit
The Two Pining Bachelors
Lorelei
Persephone

Avalon
The Harvest Chorus
The Maple Mask
Ghost Cardinal

The Little Heath-Rose
Found
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Song for the Harp

The Spinner
 
The Prayer of Cephalus
Circe and Ulysses
The Black Arts
Tristan and Isolde & Jupiter's Two Casks
Nectanebus

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