Simone Inez Harriman

Gold Star - 27,940 Points (03/05/1959 / New Zealand)

Crown Of Thorns - Poem by Simone Inez Harriman

For one salubrious season
Bush tempered
And human nurtured
I rose red
Obediently
Unearthed and shaken
By my unfolding

I recover restless
Budding and blooming
From that hooded promise
I laundered my spirit
High and haughty
Above all the thorns

But wait

A reapers gloved hands
Are hacking
A personal fable
Is fading
A Perspex dream
Is shattering
As secateurs blades
Yawn gleaming
Surgically cutting candy


A coronet of crimson
Crowned with thorns
On shrouded laden tables
Less arrogant
Less celebrated
A withering, wiltering fate
Midst flat white champagne,
Ticker tape and cake

Topic(s) of this poem: power, pride


Comments about Crown Of Thorns by Simone Inez Harriman

  • Michael Walker (2/4/2019 9:25:00 PM)

    Vivid images that stay in the mind: ' A coronet of crimson/ Crowned with thorns'. Fine poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/1/2018 3:15:00 AM)

    Budding and blooming are natural processes. A coronet of crimson crowned with thorns amazes mind. Crown is the symbol of victory. This poem is well narrated. Re-visiting this values more....10 (Report)Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (4/4/2018 12:05:00 PM)

    A coronet of crimson
    Crowned with thorns
    On shrouded laden tables
    Lovely lines.
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  • Michael Walker (3/5/2018 9:29:00 PM)

    Most effective alliteration- 'a coronet of crimson/ crowned...' Excessive pride leads to a fall, which your dazzling poem hints at. (Report)Reply

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  • Luo Zhihai (10/22/2017 8:39:00 AM)

    拜读佳作!感受情怀,分享精彩!致诚问候
    Read the masterpiece! Feeling and sharing wonderful! Sincere greetings to you!
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  • Nivy Sochi (10/16/2017 11:06:00 PM)

    Poignantly woven but an uplifting piece. It has the piercing quality alongside elegant meaning. Bless your dexterity, dear favourite. (Report)Reply

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  • Nivy Sochi (10/1/2017 1:49:00 PM)

    You couldn't have expressed this better. More ink to your pen, mentor. Much grace. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/29/2017 9:15:00 AM)

    A coronet of crimson
    Crowned with thorns
    On shrouded laden tables
    Less arrogant
    Less celebrated
    A withering, wiltering fate
    Midst flat white champagne,
    Ticker tape and cake.... loved these lines.
    Beautiful poem having stunning expression. Nice penmanship.10
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  • Susan Williams (9/27/2017 1:48:00 AM)

    You never fail to deliver! This one took me for a ride from the very beginning- -
    For one salubrious season
    Bush tempered
    And human nurtured
    I rose red
    Obediently
    Unearthed and shaken
    By my unfolding- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - your vocabulary perks my mental ears up, then you popped me with:
    I rose red- - - even now I don't know if this is Simone playing with Stephen King's Rose Red or just an accidental coincidence but knowing you have done these little playful things before I wouldn't be surprised. And then there's this powerful yet not overbearingly use of words like:
    Unearthed and shaken
    By my unfolding.
    - -I have said it before but you use words like Renoir uses oil paints. A 10+++++++++++++++++++
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  • (9/15/2017 3:06:00 PM)

    Stunning poem, Simone. A rose can also wither in the garden, but there that beauty and awe-inspiring perfection does not inspire. Yet are we richer when we allow nature to fade into nature? Or does the rose, added to a dinner table, serve the greatest purpose in withering, and reminding us of our mortality? (Report)Reply

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  • (8/25/2017 1:38:00 PM)

    High and haughty................Less arrogant, less celebrated.
    A cleverly written piece Simone. One life............ two perspectives.
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  • Bri Edwards (8/3/2017 12:55:00 AM)

    the main things i liked from this are candy and cake. no ice cream? ! no, really, i didn't follow it. no matter. there will be another for me to fawn over.

    bri :)
    bri :)
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  • Norah Tunney (7/5/2017 9:55:00 PM)

    I love how you bring together the crown of Thorns and the flat Champagne. Brilliant with powerful images. You bring me home to my own weakness and failures. I love that line I laundered my spirit. What a gifted poet you are- Simone (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (6/28/2017 10:24:00 AM)

    proud and haughty person!
    turns into a crown of thorns
    Ego melts and the proud looses everything to which he was holding on.

    very fine poem. philosophical, spiritual. great use of words and good combinations.... thank ou very much for your fine poem. tony
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  • Michael Walker (4/12/2017 11:51:00 PM)

    The title 'Crown of Thorns' evokes Christ and Easter, specifically
    Good Friday. A superb blend of the religious and the secular- 'flat white champagne,
    ticker tape and cake'.
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  • Valsa George (3/24/2017 1:22:00 AM)

    A reapers gloved hands
    Are hacking
    A personal fable
    Is fading
    A Perspex dream
    Is shattering........................ Ultimately this is what happens to a proud and haughty person! The diadem in glittering gems on his head soon turns into a crown of thorns and he passes away unnoticed and unsung! Great metaphorical write!
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  • (2/10/2017 1:28:00 PM)

    As ephemeral as celebrity and the inevitable fall. What a fine metaphor! And you have a good sense of rhythm
    and intelligent organization. As Pam said, it gets into the Psyche. I should add that your assonance isn't bad either!
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  • Pamela Sinicrope (5/21/2016 10:25:00 AM)

    While the image of the crown of thorns evokes Christ and religion, the very quiet human image of flat white champagne brings the poem back to earth. Pride...it does interesting things to the psyche. I like this poem and your use of alliteration at the beginning and within words works well. Another really well done poem. Brings to mind my own personal failures and falls. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • Michael Walker (4/28/2016 8:10:00 PM)

    Very original and I like the image of a crown of thorns. M. Walker. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (4/13/2016 7:02:00 AM)

    A coronet of crimson
    Crowned with thorns
    On shrouded laden tables. very fine poem. you are original in your thinking and expressions and using of the words.. love to read you. thank you. tony
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 15, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2018


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