Nightstand with Roses

They weren't red nor was I angry,
   but with something five shades lighter
          than passion, I plucked the roses bald.

Anyway, they were sorry things.
   Their nodding heads on such long stems
          reminded me how tiring it is,

always trying to forgive.
   And besides, I did it gently, pulling petals
          the way one tugs off an insect's wings,

by twos. What my thumb and fingertips
   began to hearyes, they listened for it
          was the shaggy center's thick dribble,

the tiny rip of dismemberment,
   and, in between, the moment of small panic
          that comes before—as just before withdrawing

a mouth from another mouth there comes
   that in-suck, that sudden taking back although
          you've already given it up, given up

to it—the letting go. I couldn't stop
   until I had the whole drawer full
          of floating pink on pink.
— Jody Zorgdrager, author of Of Consequence

All poems, art, and photos are public domain, creative commons, or used by permission of author or publisher. The Backwaters Press, 2008. Photo by Oyvind Solstad, via Flickr.
Artist Debbie Young

Art by Debbie Young

Every Day Poems

Read a poem every day. Become a better writer. Participate in our writing projects, so we can see your work. If one of your poems is a good fit, we might feature it in this poetry-daily, with your permission.
Inspired 8 Ways to Write Poems You Can Love

Prompt Book!

Inspired: 8 Ways to Write Poems You Can Love. From sonnets to villanelles, sestinas to catalog poems, this helpful prompt book will get you writing! Just $2.99.
the glen creative writing workshop 160x160

Literary Tour: The Mark Twain House

Spend your days with the words of good writers, and you may end up taking the route of Mark Twain.
ink in water 160x160

Artist Date: Clover

Laura Boggess is on an Artist Date. Her mind is slipping back into checklists and chores when, suddenly . . .


Copyright © 2013 T. S. Poetry Press. 
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp