Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fire-break [Earning My Keep!]

April and already yellow
Works among green,
Which means we must
Take down trees and
Grind grasses into dust
Along these margins 
Between summer and us
Before summer comes--
Wards against fear,
Fence fires, here, a
Kind of clearing no
One retires from-- threats
The prairie poses and yet
I spare the wild roses.


  1. "these margins between summer and us," is a wonderful phrase,, and "a kind of clearing no one retires from."

    One must always spare the wild roses ... love this poem.

  2. I see you are hard at work on the land, Geo.
    Never too busy to share your poetry though which I enjoy immensely ...

    I especially love that last line
    *I will spare the wild roses'

  3. Apparently we all agree that the wild roses must be spared. The prairie is full of threats and one must take the proper precautions.

  4. That's hard work, Geo. I hope it's somewhat therapeutic, though. Seems it could be, as you're taking time to spare the roses.

    Be well.

  5. I've never considered the threats "the prairie poses" even though I'm aware of the wild fires.

    Love the roses...well done.

  6. I hadn't thought of the threat from wild fires either.
    All that clearing certainly does look like hard work...but well worth the effort.
    So glad you decided to spare the wild roses...their beauty would be sorely missed!:)

    Have a super weekend! :)

  7. Beautifully written and such a depth of meaning. Thanks for your kind support, if only I could find a publisher for my work, but I shall be brave, the next book I finish will do the rounds, see what happens :0)

  8. It's nice to know that you're in with a shout of being spared, in the wild and chaotic open. Beautiful little poem, Geo.

  9. Your poem speaks for so many aching hearts and so many unsure minds about fire in brush where it does not belong.

    My request to all smokers is to please do not smoke near brush, please find ashtrays. Do us this favour of sparing the woods. Natural fires are hard enough on our forests.

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  11. Thanks so much for your kind support. You have made me decide to publish my first poetry collection as an eBook, so that my American friends can read it, and to publish it free for a while. Not enough hours in the day. Kind regards, Carole.

  12. I meant to mention - yes, that Cummings poem is very powerful. With the same message, but very different is Henry Reed's 'Naming of Parts'. I expect you know it, but if not, do read.


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