Friday, May 22, 2015

The Rose of Horners Lane--By Marianne Szlyk--United States

The Rose of Horners Lane

Here, in Rockville, I am a springtime flower,
leaning over the chain link fence.

I spring up
red yellow orange white
sometimes even pale lilac
almost blue or gray.

I join the cherry blossoms
the dogwood
and the lilac--
if she can make it.

My humans cherish me,
bringing my blooms in
to color the cool, dark rooms.

The last rose of summer comes early here.
I bide my time until fall.

Marianne Szlyk recently published her first chapbook, Listening to Electric Cambodia, Looking Up at Trees of Heaven, at Kind of a Hurricane Press: Her poem "Walking Past Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Winter" was nominated for the 2014 Best of the Net. Her poems have appeared in print and online, most recently in Poppy Road Review, bird's thumb, Black Poppy Review, Of/with, Walking is Still Honest, and Literature Today as well as Kind of a Hurricane's anthologies. She edits a poetry blog-zine at and hopes that you will consider submitting a poem there or voting in one of its contests.


  1. Hello, Marianne. A wonder perspective on the life of a flower. Yes, I too believe that all of life has "feelings" and your imaginative creativity adds to the awesomeness of that belief........ welcome to Whispers, if you are a new contributor! S

  2. You have accentuated the flower perfectly here within your glorious write. You blended great flow with great vividness of description. Wonderful job.

  3. Thank you very much, S and Rusty. :) I'm happy to say that my neighborhood's roses are in full bloom today.

  4. I really loved this piece, every line is perfect!

  5. Marianne, what a very lovely poem and from the perspective of the flower so unique. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and look forward to more of your talent. Welcome to Whispers.

  6. Thank you, Charlene and Peggy. :) Hope you are enjoying the end of May.

  7. What an interesting poem from the point of view of the flower, so poetically articulated.

  8. Absolutely are a wonderful talent.

  9. Thank you very much, Mary Jo and Joan. :) I always look forward to reading your work here and elsewhere.