I confess to keeping those first roses dead
and dried, in the closet in a box I forgot
then found again today. Never
quite purging. The romance,
fresh and red with passion,
soft with desire. Saved
and savored for some future
that shook us by the scruff,
dust and petals flung
into the heavens, stars
realigning. So many beautiful
dead things shedding light.
Nancy Huggett is a writer, caregiver, and settler descendant who lives in Ottawa, Canada on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people.
8 thoughts on “Preservation by Nancy Huggett”
This is such a gentle, yet powerful love poem. Beautiful.
Thank you so much Laurie.
Brilliant, tender, and beautiful!
So many beautiful / dead things shedding light – remarkable image Nancy.
Nancy, your poem’s wistful musing on the dead rose bouquet evocatively layers the past with the present. Powerful, the way it moved me.
I hung my red roses upside down in the kitchen. They hung there for years.
I knew there must be other red roses hanging upside down out there in the world!