Dog rose haiku

Photo ©Nikita Karasik


Desire reaches out

plucks the rose that bears a thorn

blood specks white petals.


Will I take the rose

watch its fragile petals fall

the bee search in vain?


You with avid eyes

will you forgive the wounding

or will the thorn stay?


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

14 thoughts on “Dog rose haiku”

      1. OK, I took you up on this and I have some selections to send to you (they are based on kind of answering the last haiku). Can you tell me where to send them to you, I’d be happy to do it through email, if you want (I am or whatever you like best, just tell me!

        You know, it was a lot of fun. Thanks for the suggestion! And Happy Saturday from me.

      2. Tell you what. I did intend to start doing author interviews and poetry showcasing, but there was no take up. I’d like to ‘do’ you, and since you have a new collection out, it seems like an opportune time. If you send me the poems plus the book links, a favourite piece from the new collection, and if you have a bio and some favourite bits of work, I’d be glad to cobble together a post. Just send everything you want to

    1. We have a rose that husband keeps wanting to pull out because it’s ‘reverted to root stock’ —root stock being dog rose. I prefer the dog rose to the cultivated one.

      1. Cultivated ones are breathtakingly beautiful. In an artificial way. But the dog rose is lovely and wild and free!

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