Archive for January, 2018

Where Have the Roses Gone

January 11, 2018


Where have the roses gone from my garden?
Look how those left freeze in cold winter wind;
Nothing I can do nor ask for pardon
To save the lovely petals as they’re thinned.

Here in the kitchen I gaze in dismay,
Looking at the sky with kind entreaty;
Hoping snowflakes will not fall on this day
Not till I’ve picked these roses’ beauty.

But soon the snowflakes will come, I know;
And marigold of bright yellow and pink
Will shiver and go to sleep in the snow;
It matters not how I feel; what I think.

When Nature brings forth all its nuisances,
Our roses must yield up their fragrances.


Leonard Dabydeen is author of Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems , Xlibris Publication(2012); Searching for You, A Collection of Tetractys and Fibonacci Poems, Xlibris Publication (2015)



My, Oh My Spring Sunshine

January 11, 2018


Spring Sunshine

(a sonnet in iambic pentameter)


It’s that feeling of joyful expression,

That moment of lifting your spirit high

When you watch the momentous recession

Of snow-plough going off street with a sigh.


It’s that ecstatic gilt, glee and glamour,

That any chance feeling of freezing cold

Will be gone till the month of December

While you refresh the tired lawn with new mold.


It’s that end of winter solstice, long days

That bring sunshine, fluttering birds and bees;

While children speak of kites in many ways

And best of them all, sprouting leaves on trees.


Some will chart timely eclipse of the moon,

But my, oh my spring sunshine will be soon.