Here Come the Roses, and: Ora Pro Nobis

Here Come the Roses, and: Ora Pro Nobis Robert Dana Here Come the Roses Here I am again on my knees in the dirt. Talking to flowers. Talking to the weeds. Sweat pouring down my face like tears. There are worse ways to go. * 94 96 99 Day after day for months. And no rain. Ten drops early this morning. Next to nothing. The trees drop their leaves like yellow coins. In the countryside the crops are burning. * But here come the roses, blooming by the bushelful despite the heat that pinwheels their petals back and clips short their days. 79 * Pink Portrait and Country Dancer and Spring Morning, Parfait, all lipstick and cream. Oklahoma shedding red velvet. Neon orange Voodoo atop its long rip of thorns. Fourth of July's ruffled cockades. White Medallion. Lighting up this neighborhood of sizzled lawns and wilting bushes. * This is what the bulldozed and burned groves of trees say. The paved-over farms. The poisoned air and water talking. * Our story's broken. All I can do is piece it together. * I write it out. I erase it. I write it again. Coralville, Iowa. Midmorning. A long summer of drought. 2005. The birds have stopped flying. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

Here Come the Roses, and: Ora Pro Nobis

Prairie Schooner, Volume 81 (2) – Aug 20, 2007

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Robert Dana Here Come the Roses Here I am again on my knees in the dirt. Talking to flowers. Talking to the weeds. Sweat pouring down my face like tears. There are worse ways to go. * 94 96 99 Day after day for months. And no rain. Ten drops early this morning. Next to nothing. The trees drop their leaves like yellow coins. In the countryside the crops are burning. * But here come the roses, blooming by the bushelful despite the heat that pinwheels their petals back and clips short their days. 79 * Pink Portrait and Country Dancer and Spring Morning, Parfait, all lipstick and cream. Oklahoma shedding red velvet. Neon orange Voodoo atop its long rip of thorns. Fourth of July's ruffled cockades. White Medallion. Lighting up this neighborhood of sizzled lawns and wilting bushes. * This is what the bulldozed and burned groves of trees say. The paved-over farms. The poisoned air and water talking. * Our story's broken. All I can do is piece it together. * I write it out. I erase it. I write it again. Coralville, Iowa. Midmorning. A long summer of drought. 2005. The birds have stopped flying.

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