Saturday Poetry – Interview with a Rose by James Cagney
This week’s Saturday Poetry matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘Interview with a Rose’ by James Cagney. He is the author of Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory (Nomadic Press, 2018), winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. A Cave Canem fellow, Cagney lives in Oakland, California.
I have matched mobile art by @filizakart with this image entitled ‘Beauties from the Spring’.
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Interview with a Rose by James Cagney
curved as a lip pouting for a kiss
sponge of sunlight,
filaments stand in ceremony
to your song of color
insects decide to walk the labyrinth
of your perfumed path
are you tickled by these
sipping your sweet wine of particulates
would you have preferred to be a robin
burdened with the sky’s
most unique song
do you wish you were the moon
a whole planet of petals
with an atmosphere of cologne
a dolphin bathing in the coral medicines
of an oceanic garden?
when you are closed
shy & anxious
unconcerned with weather
death or dementia
you are the earth’s soldier of love,
yet––what do you know of it?
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