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Sonnet w/ Rose

Recorded for Poem-a-Day, October 18, 2017.
About this Poem 
“Trying to find an original conceit involving a rose is like trying to find a new way to cook an egg. From Guillaume de Lorris through Gertrude Stein, poets have known their way around roses for nearly seven hundred years. I tinkered with this little poem for a nearly a decade.”
—Matthew Yeager
 

Sonnet w/ Rose

When I see you after so long not 
seeing you it is like picking up in
side a fist the flopped red petals of 
a drooped red rose, and when you
speak in the voice that could only be
yours it is like staring into my fist 
top's opening and seeing the rose 
as the rose once was. This is not just 
to say that the swirl and sweetness 
soon flops back open to what now is, 
though it does, but that when I see 
you after so long not seeing you 
I make sense of my feeling in terms
of the rose, and carry it past goodbye.  
 

Copyright © 2017 by Matthew Yeager. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on October 18, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2017 by Matthew Yeager. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on October 18, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

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August 09, 2016 Hoard Rae Armantrout
May 24, 2017 The Runaround Rae Armantrout
September 16, 2014 Dämmerung Simon Armitage
March 27, 2011 The Buried Life Matthew Arnold
February 21, 2012 Poem Cynthia Arrieu-King
October 16, 2015 Ode to an Encyclopedia James Arthur

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