Joanne Monte Poems
- Displacement Entering the garden, I notice the ...
- River The river below us: nitrogen, phosphorous, ...
- Eight-Fifteen (a.m.) the city was split by ...
- At A Sidewalk Cafe An ordinary morning― awakening to ...
- Letters From Women Given Up Fo...
- The Dark Secret Borne in a village soldiers have hunted, ...
- The Betrayal Today the drapes, for once, have been drawn ...
Joanne Monte is the author of a highly acclaimed Korean War novel, " The Day to Eternity" . She is also the recipient of the 2012 Bordighera Poetry Book Award for " The Blue Light of Dawn." Many of her poems have been published in literary journals which includes Poet Lore, The Raintown Review, Ancient Paths Literary Review, and many others.
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Entering the garden,
I notice the rhododendron,
the platinum pearl, that had displaced
the unwanted vines of bittersweet
tangled around the throat of the honeysuckle,
as though the blossoms
had as much a rightful deed to be rooted
as the dove tree, hanging its branches
over the frame of the border,
not native to the land at all.
But the tree itself, untouched
in its mural of sun and partial shade,
and envied by its resolve to take the brunt
of radical weather, still struggled
in its purpose to remain in its quadrant,
eyed by yew ...