"Sleeping Beauty" by Thomas Ralph Spence‘The Thorn’ by Avery Miller The Society August 24, 2019 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 5 Comments My father woke the day that he __Was in the forest born To find that all gentility __Was from his nature shorn. A base unwilled enchantment laid __That jealous fairy scorned. For in that tale of sleeping maid, __My father was the thorn. His portrait on the cover of __Your Grimm both old and worn Depicts him soaring high above __Her tower all forlorn. A dreaded briar tangled ‘round __And yet at heart he mourned To see the family sleeping sound __Within his tendrils borne, And so he swore to take no joy __From foolish suitors torn, But sought to find the noble boy __Who’d kiss her in the morn. Remember then, should woolen hose __And skin be likewise torn While you hunt for the wild rose __The table to adorn, I do not like your blood to let, __But I’m a guardian thorn, My father’s son, all to protect __My nest of robins sworn. Once a high school Spanish teacher, Avery Miller is now a home educator in New York. She and her husband are much occupied with math, meals, science, soccer games, sentence diagrams, dirty dishes, Latin, and laundry. 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) 5 Responses Philip Keefe August 24, 2019 Thank you for this poem, it’s as beautiful as the painting that goes with it. Reply Colleen August 31, 2019 This is lovely! Reply Avery Miller August 24, 2019 Thank you for the kind comment. I’m wondering if our editor could make two corrections for me. In stanza 5, “seek” should be “sought”, and stanza 7, “didn’t” should be “do not”. These stanzas were added quickly at Mr. Mantyk’s suggestion. He took time to help improve this poem for which I am very grateful. Reply Yolanda Elder August 25, 2019 Wonderful, I like your collective thoughts greatly. Reply Avery Miller August 26, 2019 Thank you for reading my poem. 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.