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

  • Khairul Ahsan (8/14/2018 12:28:00 AM)


    The title of the poem is well chosen, appropriate.
    I particularly liked the third and the last stanzas. One needs to think over, after reading each stanza of the poem.
    I appreciate the poetess's deep insight.
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  • Lyn Paul (8/13/2018 10:02:00 PM)


    A perfect description of the beauty and power of Mother Nature. (Report) Reply

  • (8/13/2018 9:59:00 PM)


    A perfect description of the beauty and power of Mother Nature. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (8/13/2018 8:02:00 PM)


    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?
    Realistic thoughts, congrats!
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/13/2018 9:55:00 AM)


    Congratulations for your achievement, being chosen as POD, Thanks dear poetess for the lovely piece of creative piece..For writing so beautifully.
    10+++ for this poem.
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  • Savita Tyagi (8/13/2018 9:51:00 AM)


    Lovely and very thoughtful reflective poem. Congratulations! (Report) Reply

  • Sarah Persson (8/13/2018 5:48:00 AM)


    A lovely write Joanne. Congratulations on poem of the day (Report) Reply

  • (8/13/2018 5:25:00 AM)


    See! However much the human desires to be all by himself, would the nature be in agreement? No way. Because, nature's responsibility is much wider. Still, mother nature will not stop being watchful on his intrigue attempts against her will. A beautifully penned poem with a profound message. Thanks for sharing.Congrats for being the member's PoD. X (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (8/13/2018 5:10:00 AM)


    The trauma of removal and disruption and displacement by aliens all portrayed as they work in the natural world so well used as the metaphor for our own lives. (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/13/2018 4:04:00 AM)


    Brilliant lines-

    I look away
    from what has been transplanted,
    removed and replaced:
    ........ (but) all that had been uprooted in its time

    // excellently penned
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  • Petals Azureblue (8/13/2018 1:15:00 AM)


    Congratulations for POD selection Joanne. Your poem is engaging...one begins to weigh the pros and cons of displacement....of humans? of nature? I'm sure the answers would be as multifaceted as how humans perceive/experience the immediate or eventual effects thereof on humanity or environment. A great poem thank you.10++👌 (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/13/2018 12:56:00 AM)


    Joanne, a remarkable poem of the day... congrats for being chosen...10+++ (Report) Reply

  • 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

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


    Bewitched with imagery,
    A work of distinct intuity.
    Lovely!
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  • (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

  • Kim Barney (8/13/2016 6:43:00 PM)


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

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 17, 2004

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 16, 2011


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