"Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" by John Singer Sargent (Tate)A Pro-life Poem: ‘In the Garden’ and Other Poetry by Joe Tessitore The Society April 1, 2019 Beauty, Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 10 Comments In the Garden In Paradise there is a place where ruby-colored roses grace the trellises of precious pearl – so splendidly their buds unfurl! She and her Child oft’ wander here among the flowers they hold dear and with their sacred presence bless each fragrant bloom with tenderness. Ever now in heavenly light because they were denied the right by we who would their lives destroy to be a little girl or boy. No matter how we misconstrue; indeed, we know just what we do. I Hear the Sparrows No harvest moon, this morbid orb! All that is warm, it does absorb and now it eyes my frosty breath – this pallid harbinger of death! My frozen heart for summer grieves as day breaks on dead winter leaves. Their presence I cannot abide – too long my patience they have tried! These early shoots, well they portend! This frigid grip is near its end and none too soon; I scarce can wait – for taste of June I salivate! No measure for the joy they bring, each time I hear the sparrows sing! Tis Better What is there that is not divine? And so this life, it is not mine but gift indeed, meant to be shared and from this calling, none are spared. So answer with no thought of cost; to hesitate is to be lost. Open your hearts and they will fill with treasures that enchant and thrill. Neither to hoard nor ours to keep; the good is here for all to reap. What you bestow, He will restore with best of measure, running o’er. Live by His words; in them believe: “Better to give than to receive.” Joe Tessitore is a retired New York City resident and poet. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” 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) 10 Responses Peter Hartley April 1, 2019 I particularly liked the middle two lines of the first verse and the “pallid harbinger of death”. All three short and sweet, with a strong punchy moral well expressed in each. Reply Beverly Stock April 1, 2019 Beautiful thoughts, beautiful verse. Thanks! Reply David Paul Behrens April 1, 2019 All three sonnets are seemingly well written and interesting. Nice job. Reply Amy Foreman April 1, 2019 So great to see more poetry from you, Joe!! It’s been awhile . . . Reply C.B. Anderson April 1, 2019 You have a nice touch, Joe, and, in my mind, your work gets better with every posting. What you have done is learn to express sentiment without excessive sentimentality, which is important. In “In the Garden” (stanza 3), if lines 2 & 3 ended with a comma, then I think the idea would have been clearer. As it stands, clause is piled on clause, and though most readers will figure it out, it’s not a bad idea to save them the trouble. It’s gratifying to know that the free hours of your retirement are being put to good use. Alas, my own retirement seems far away, so I must steal time from my lifelong commitments in order to engage with poetry. Reply E. V. April 1, 2019 Joe, these are a pleasure to read! And, I agree with C. B.; your work keeps getting better and better. Reply David Watt April 2, 2019 Joe, all three poems display elegance and clarity. I particularly enjoyed the lines: “My frozen heart for summer grieves as day breaks on dead winter leaves.” Reply David Watt April 2, 2019 In regard to C.B.’s punctuation suggestion for “In The Garden”; I believe his point has merit. However, the message in each poem is expressed very well. Reply Joe Tessitore April 2, 2019 Thank you all very much. Reply Monty April 7, 2019 I agree with all the other Commenters: Your work has become pleasingly light in touch; and much more measured. I can’t pretend that I understood the last 6 lines of ‘. . Garden’; and, regarding line 4 of ‘. . Better’, I believe that I HAVE been spared! But, joking aside, these are 3 very presentable pieces. It would’ve been nice if you could’ve found a way to split the Forms up, instead of not only 3 consecutive Sonnets; but 3 identical Sonnets. Spread ’em around . . 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