"Wild Strawberries and a Carnation in a Wan-Li Bowl" by Jacob van Hulsdonck ‘Wild Strawberry’ and Other Poetry by John Grey The Society June 6, 2018 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 4 Comments Wild Strawberry On summer strolls, I often find. Wild strawberry flowering in the wood, White leaf, gold bud, my cheerless mood Is ruffled clear, as fragrant wind Blows equally through flower, through mind, And makes it plainly understood, That I am one with nature’s brood, To cone, am fused, to stamen, pinned. We mingle lives, we share the death, My lullaby, your gorgeous wreath, We bloom until our breath is gone, We do not pass this way alone, I grow flesh red, you rustle words, We share all that this world affords Sonnet of the Clocks This is the house I live in now. On all Sides of me, clocks, new and antique, They muzzle my own days so time can speak Unquestioned, from its throne, on desk and wall. This is the house I lived in then. As small As dreams allowed, but each year, month and week Not about their measure, despotic, bleak, But the real pleasure of each room’s recall. And these are the houses that live inside Each other. Their passions for all that’s past. The fear of how the moments are applied To lives. The brief standing up to the vast. The willfulness of time with all its tide. The way what is not now will always last. John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Examined Life Journal, Evening Street Review and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Leading Edge, Poetry East and Midwest Quarterly. 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 email@example.com. 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) 4 Responses Leo Yankevich June 6, 2018 I enjoyed these John. Thanks for sharing. Reply E. V. June 6, 2018 I liked your poems. They were both beautiful and meaningful. Reply David Hollywood June 7, 2018 Very pleasant poems. Reply James Sale June 8, 2018 Great relaxed style about these poems – I really enjoyed them. Thanks. 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.