Mark Heathcote

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Roses Are On Fire - Poem by Mark Heathcote

A river of stars
A bed of roses still in bud
We're but water lilies
Learning to be rainbows
With comet ribbons of light.

Where a thorn of passion cuts
Bled itself out red in the valleys.
I find lust is my ground-blanket
But it's always bitterly cold
Black ashen as a moonlit cloak.

I long to kiss the earth
Be one day returned to the dust
The smoke that engines a star
To glow red and orange
I long to be another solitary seed.

Waiting for its roots to cleave
Cut a blade of green corn
But I'm like a phoenix born
Without any feathers
Looking lost, mystified back at you.

Roses are on fire
Tears perspire—I choke
I wither on the vine
Always faithful, without true faith
Isn't it time this star my star collapsed.

And joined a river of sand
Ah, quicksand isn't he, my companion
He's filled the chambers of my sky,
He's filled life, my lungs I no longer
Remember, how once I could cry.

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Comments about Roses Are On Fire by Mark Heathcote

  • Seamus O' Brian (12/7/2016 3:02:00 PM)


    The imagery of this work is rich and vivid. Very imaginative and creative; a wide palette of intriguing visuals. Thank you! (Report) Reply

    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 5:08:00 PM)

    Much appreciated Neal thank you for the commenting on it.

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  • (12/7/2016 2:08:00 PM)


    I like this stanza:
    Waiting for its roots to cleave
    Cut a blade of green corn
    But I'm like a phoenix born
    Without any feathers
    Looking lost, mystified back at you.

    a mystic, seducing poem- voted 10.
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    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 3:14:00 PM)

    Glad you enjoyed it Marieta thank you kindly for the comment.

  • Col Muhamad Khalid Khan (12/7/2016 11:08:00 AM)

    Roses are on Fire
    A beautiful poem Mark.Congratulations on being member of the day
    Col Muhammad Khalid Khan
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    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 3:16:00 PM)

    Many thanks Col Muhammad Khalid Khan it's much appreciated.

  • (12/7/2016 10:35:00 AM)


    I am like a phoenix born
    without feathers
    Great imagery and a pleasure to read. Congrats on the member Poem of the Day.
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  • Pamela Sinicrope (12/7/2016 8:37:00 AM)

    Roses are on Fire
    Congrats on poem of the day! What flowing imagery. The writing starts out beautiful and free and then closes in on choking quicksand. The idea of quicksand filling the chambers of the sky...filling my life....I no longer remember, how once I could cry... very sad. Well done. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 3:20:00 PM)

    Thank you, Pamela for this lovely comment it is much appreciated.

  • Clarence Prince (12/7/2016 8:25:00 AM)


    Always faithful,
    Yes, despite all else!
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  • Akhtar Jawad (12/7/2016 8:15:00 AM)


    A beautiful poem, very well penned............................................ (Report) Reply

    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 3:22:00 PM)

    Thank you, Akhtar glad you like it my friend. :)

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/7/2016 5:44:00 AM)

    Once i could cry
    Mystified! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (12/7/2016 4:21:00 AM)


    He's filled life, my lungs I no longer
    Remember, how once I could cry........good love poem- -10
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    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 3:25:00 PM)

    Thank you kindly Indira much obliged. :)

  • Bharati Nayak (12/7/2016 3:09:00 AM)


    I long to kiss the earth
    Be one day returned to the dust
    The smoke that engines a star
    To glow red and orange
    I long to be another solitary seed.- - - - -A deep passion for creation- - - - - - A wonderful poem, thanks for sharing.Congrats for being Poet of the Day.
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    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 3:28:00 PM)

    Many thanks Bharati glad you enjoyed it. :)

  • Muzahidul Reza (12/7/2016 2:58:00 AM)


    emotional piece of writings on rose mixing in modern sad tone (Report) Reply

    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 3:30:00 PM)

    Much appreciated Muzahidul, thank you.

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/7/2016 2:22:00 AM)


    This poem reminds me of the song BED OF ROSES popularized by BON JOVI...... Congrats on being selected for the day... (Report) Reply

    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 3:06:00 PM)

    Thank you, Bernard it is much appreciated.

  • Shabnta Shah (12/7/2016 2:04:00 AM)


    A river of stars
    A bed of roses still in bud
    We're but water lilies
    Learning to be rainbows
    With comet ribbons of light.

    Where a thorn of passion cuts
    Bled itself out red in the valleys.
    I find lust is my ground-blanket
    But it's always bitterly cold
    Black ashen as a moonlit cloak.

    excellently written, roses are to be bloomed in the garden and spread fragrants, but sorrow that they are on fire, highly emotional, thank you for sharing the poem with us
    (Report) Reply

    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 3:04:00 PM)

    I seem to write a lot of love poems with flowers the rose & lily especially, thank you Shanta for this lovely comment.

  • Electric Lady (12/7/2016 12:43:00 AM)


    A poem filled with passion and romance. I like it. A rose is the most beautiful flower in the world. Thanks for penning. (Report) Reply

    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 2:58:00 PM)

    Thank you, kindly

  • Kim Barney (12/7/2016 12:23:00 AM)


    A fantastic poem, Mark! Congratulations for having it chosen as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

    Mark Heathcote Mark Heathcote (12/7/2016 2:56:00 PM)

    Much appreciated Kim, thank you.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 9, 2017


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