Julie Rosenfield

My journal

BINDWEED (TWO POEMS)

POEM ONE

THE BATTLE OF THE BINDWEED

Kneeling on the garden mat

Armed with gloves and shining knife

The radio recalls the past

      As the Battle of the Bindweed begins ……

* * *

The day had been a long time coming

Secret plans, no suspicions

At dawn, an early landing

And then ….

* * *

See here, these green leaves

The reddened stalk

How it rolls around the plant

Like a helter-skelter

Suffocating this mulberry bush until …

* * *

The occupation had been too long

You could hardly tell captor from captee

Until the weapons came

And the blades determined identity

* * *

Even the sharp holly is not safe

Its innate stings,  protection against most things

But not this weed

This boa constrictor of plants

* * *

The dawn landings, footfall after footfall

Captured them with surprise

There’d be casualties, of course

Weren’t there always in war?

* * *

And, oh, the freedom

Liberated from suffocation

The precious breath of liberty

Captive no more…….

* * *

The radio invites me

To share its silent pause

Though my work today is done

War and weeds carry on

POEM TWO

 LIKE BINDWEED

I want to wrap myself

Around you

Tightly

Like bindweed

And squeeze you

Till your breath escapes from your body

* * *

Then even if you cut me down

Expose my roots

I can still return

Wind myself around you

Cling to you

Wherever you are.

* * *

‘Let him go,’ say my friends

‘Cut yourself off’

But I can’t.

Heaven knows I’ve tried

‘Or attach yourself

To someone else.’

’Impossible’

* * *

 I felt that attachment

The moment I saw you

Felt your irresistible presence

Fill my yearning heart

Without your life transfusion

I cannot survive

* * *

And so, prune and snip, as you will

I’ll be by your side

Though unbidden or unwanted

For the rest of your life

* * *

And, if you can’t feel the same

At least, admire my tenacity

My steadfastness

My loyalty

Until your very last breath

      Frees you from my grip at last.

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4 thoughts on “BINDWEED (TWO POEMS)

  1. Tracey bowles on said:

    Julie -thanks for sending me this link – your work in enchanting, I has been motivated to read every post!
    Ps really love the look and feel of the site too, how does one receive notifications of updates
    Tracey B

    • Hi Tracey. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. So glad you liked the blog!

      On the right hand side of the blog, there is a Follow Blog application where you can receive updates by e-mail.

      Thanks again for all your help and happy reading! : )

      Julie

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