Vasant 2024 Poems - E. Martin Pedersen


Flower Garden
By E. Martin Pedersen


Our new house has a yard
that's uncommon here
we decided to grow flowers
to colorize our year.


We planted bulbs and bushes
some grew some did not
in February when it's cold
to have flowers when it gets hot.


A photo of our first rose
beautiful and warm
if we fill our eyes with roses
would that do any harm?


One of us will die
in our house, our lover
it will be so sad
to go on without the other.


We look up to the mountains
or out across the sea
the garden's worth the effort
to feel alive, to be.


So, I wish for everybody
for both friends and foes
an enchanting flower garden
to wonder at how it grows.


E. Martin Pedersen, originally from San Francisco, has lived for over forty years in eastern Sicily, where he taught English at the local university. His poetry appeared most recently in San Antonio Review, Danse Macabre, Neologism, Quail Bell Magazine, and California Quarterly, among others. Martin is an alumnus of the Community of Writers. He has published two collections of haiku, Bitter Pills and Smart Pills, and a chapbook, Exile's Choice, from Kelsay Books.


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