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125th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 125th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Also, sign up for the 2011 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Please contribute to the growing list of 2011 Indie Lit Award Poetry Suggestions (please nominate 2011 Poetry), visit the stops on the National Poetry Month Blog Tour from April.

From Soul Clothes by Regina D. Jemison (page 32):

So Beautiful Just to Die

A flower was born, and so was I
       into a world already turning
       into a universe already on course
      life predestined

to be beautiful
and flourish amongst others
different beginnings
same beauty

diversity/community

      chrysanthemums
                  petunias
           lilies
      ivies
           yuccas
                  gladiolas
      begonias
                  sun flowers
      and birds of paradise

are creative, and nurture until seasons change
and petal shed

and, then

we are born again.

What do you think?

  • I like the idea of the petals being shed as being born again. I think the placement of the lines and words is a bit distracting and not sure what it adds to the poem’s meaning.

    • I’m not sure why the flower names are set off like that unless it is to resemble their place in the flower bed, like the first commenter noted.

  • bookworm

    This is a nice poem.

    I think she is refering to people in general here
    ‘to be beautiful
    and flourish amongst others
    different beginnings
    same beauty’

    • I like that there is a sense of inclusion of everyone in the poem.

  • Really like the idea of born into a world already turning, and also the spacing of the words in the poem like they are in a flower bed.
    The words “diversity/community” don’t seem to fit, the word “diversity” is especially jarring here because it is such a buzzword these days, or maybe it is from using the “/”, the slash symbol slashes the words apart rather than joins them here.

    • I think the use of the “/” here is indicative of the absence of “community” if it is imposed by diversifying the community artificially.