This summer has been one of fun, but other things, too, that have been slightly less fun or distracting to say the least. I must say, one of the more fun things that has kept my mind busy and happy has been Tabatha Yeatts-Lonske's poetry exchange. I wrote poems for other poets, and received some poems in the mail.
It has been fun to get actual mail in the mailbox - kinda like the olden days!
In the midst of some chaos, I received Molly Hogan's parcel. Molly just lives a few towns away, and knows the parts of Maine that I am familiar with also, so though I knew I wouldn't have time to savor the poem, I opened the envelope to have a sneak peak! Roses, ocean... but had to set it aside before reading very much. I slid everything back in its envelope for safe keeping. The envelope moved from the kitchen table to the kitchen counter, and then to a nightstand where it sat safely waiting for me to have a mellow moment to remember it again.
The moment came, and I went through a stack of mail and miscellaneous in the kitchen, looking for the packet. I suddenly remembered where I'd placed it and scooted in to grab it from its safe spot! I slid the photo of the familiar rosa rugosa out of the manila envelope and breathed a sigh of relief and relaxation!
Molly's poem, which I'd only skimmed briefly initially, now took hold of me, and I smiled to myself and nodded in agreement as I read "What Rosa Rugosa Knows". Yes, Rosa does.
"Don't be deceived by her simplicity
and seeming air of fragility"
Here it is with the brilliant picture with poem:
What Rosa Rugosa Knows
how to meet her needs
to protect herself with stalks prickled and brambly
to expand into new territory
sending out questing suckers with ease
using wind and water to disperse her seeds
how to live generously
to unfurl her tissued petals exuberantly
releasing scent into brisk sea breeze
her stems weaving a sanctuary
to shelter birds, butterflies and bees
her roots tightly gripping slipping beach
how to thrive in adversity
to tolerate salt spray from stormy seas
conserving water in deeply wrinkled leaves
to flourish in earth of poor quality
and valiantly resist disease
Don't be deceived by her simplicity
and seeming air of fragility
©2018 M. Hogan
Thank you, Molly! I needed that.
We can all take a lesson from Rugosa...
she knows how to meet her needs,
and thrive in adversity -
fragility is only her cover.
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