‘Wild Roses’ by Linda Kendrick The Society January 11, 2013 Poetry 1 Comment The roses clamored wildly. I confessed it, smiled mildly. Profusely rambling everywhere, The crimson blooms were sweetness rare. Entwined with random opulence Around the old white picket fence, ‘Twas glorious disobedience, Quite like the charm of innocence. While I walked the path one day, Two passers-by did stop and say: “You have to train the vines to stay. You’ve failed if you have let them stray.” With good intentions this was said. Still I preferred my way instead. So I replied most patiently That I’d found a different way. Said I, “You do not understand. Wild roses need a gentle hand. By nature they grow not by duty. Their very wildness is their beauty.” With an inward laugh, I told them this In spite of their stern prejudice. They heard me not, but disapproved. I knew it for their glances proved That they could never tolerate My roses so extravagate. I sighed a little sadly then, We might have shared the roses when They saw beyond strict discipline And saw the perfect beauty in The roses that had sought to be Not merely what they ought to be. Still quite untamed the roses grow For they were fashioned long ago In a wondrous-wrought design By a Hand much gentler than mine. Linda Kendrick is a poet living in Timewell, Illinois. This poem is among the entries for the Society of Classical Poets’ 2012 Poetry Competition. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response Edmund Merchant January 11, 2013 AND Ms. Kendrick observes strict meter as well as sensible rhyming AND a close adherence to a sensible, sensitive and winsome message. Absolutely SUPERB poem !!!. Thanx for sharing. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.