Joanne Monte


Displacement - Poem by Joanne Monte

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 hedges and stones,
its limbs heavy with the flesh of leaves
like the arms of a mother in wartime,
carrying her child on a sinuous path

to the border,
to the tent pitched under ice,
falling on her knees into an arrangement
as though for once she need not move,
as though finding in that reprieve
a sanctuary, or an almost perfect peace.

But if to be spared,
if to move across that border
and find the dove tree astonishingly depleted
but still rooted to its site,
is this, then, the law of continuity?

I look away
from what has been transplanted,
removed and replaced: the sidelong glance
of the rocks, piercing and upsetting
as if the unpolished stones
had been violated, and thrown
by demons into the fire
of all that had been uprooted in its time.


Comments about Displacement by Joanne Monte

  • Seamus O' Brian (8/13/2017 3:10:00 PM)


    A brilliant overlay of non-sentient nature allowing us a clearer perspective of the forces that shape our own anthropic conduct and history. To bring the spectrum of humanity down to the microcosm of movements of plants in a garden, then flip the lens around so that we might see ourselves in such an interplay of natural forces is somewhat arresting, albeit profoundly intriguing. (Report) Reply

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  • Joshua Adeyemi (8/13/2017 6:27:00 AM)


    Bewitched with imagery,
    A work of distinct intuity.
    Lovely!
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  • Tom Allport (8/13/2017 6:15:00 AM)


    a wonderfully descriptive poem of nature at work? ...............well written. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (8/13/2017 5:25:00 AM)


    The poem looks at the problem of displacement from a different perspective.Perhaps nature connives both for displacement and.continuity.If there has not been no displacement, a new race, new species would not have been possible.A great poem with wonderful imagery.To quote from the poem- -
    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 hedges and stones,
    its limbs heavy with the flesh of leaves
    like the arms of a mother in wartime,
    carrying her child on a sinuous path
    (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/13/2017 2:29:00 AM)


    Exquisite portrayal with meticulous observation of the garden scene. Amazing poem. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/13/2017 2:28:00 AM)


    Such an awesome poem.. congrats... full vote++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/13/2017 2:24:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem. Nice penmanship. Congratulation for the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (8/13/2017 1:17:00 AM)


    An excellent poem that had a certain sadness about it. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (8/13/2016 6:43:00 PM)


    Great poem. Congrats on having it chosen as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/13/2016 3:49:00 PM)


    Thrown by demons into the fire! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (8/13/2016 6:06:00 AM)


    A delightful poem. Too bad the poet stopped posting. I give her a 10 though she will likely never know. (Report) Reply

  • V P Mahur (2/28/2014 3:43:00 PM)


    Nice one. great read
    Thanks
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  • (1/9/2014 12:33:00 PM)


    Nature is God's creation for humans t live and enjoy...let us not corrupt it! (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (5/10/2013 10:16:00 AM)


    One can see and feel your attachment with nature! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (4/29/2013 7:32:00 AM)


    What a wonderful piece of poetry. Just taking the time to really
    observe nature is one of the most beautiful things that a person
    can do. It really touched my heart and senses. Thanks for sharing.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 17, 2004

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 16, 2011


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