Rosaceous Wonders

Rosaceous Wonders

Tread the cottage grapes to wine,
ascend the cellar stair,
Sit down with me tonight and dine,
there is a purpose here.

I knew you in the days before
we had our stab at being wise.
The rain falls on the roof, the floor
comes as no surprise.

Tell me, did you learn a thing
or two, or did the blood
Prohibit consubstantial learning,
a vicious abstinence your mood?

See the trees provide the flower
forgiving what we all have done,
Administer the simple power
of roses in the garden sun.

O rosaceous wonders on
the gilt of evening, speak to me,
And be the understanding gone
from lilacs, perfect artistry.


from The Erotics of God (Enitharmon, 2004), copyright © Sebastian Barker 2004, used by permission of the author and publisher

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Sebastian Barker

Sebastian Barker Reading from his Poems

1Tilty Mill

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2The Green Aphis

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3The War of Watch and Pen

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4Bluebells

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5Shockwaves

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6The Walled Garden

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7On the Rocks

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8Before the Time of the Sundial 1, 3, 4, 8

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9The Hand in the Well

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10Go, Gracious Words

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11People

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12Poetry

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13Justice

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14The Light on the River

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15In the Cradle of the Poets

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16Visitation in the Mountains

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17Daughter

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18Spring Day Near Reepham

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19A Sealed Box for Xanthi

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20Strike the Lovely Dumb

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21Undone by Love

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22Drinking Song

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23A Love Song to Eros

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24Being Here

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25The Sage of the Cambrian Mountains

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26The Dancing Crocodile

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27Curriculum Vitae

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28Katie

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29A Book

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30Young Woman Dancing

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31A Small Ballet of Light

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32The Lilies of the Field

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33Sex

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34Take hands. The moon

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35On the Anvil of the Tongue

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36The Visitors

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37Tell of the Sad Derangement of the Mind

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39Holy the Heart on which We Hang Our Hope

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40In the Valley of the Moselle

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38Athenagoras

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41The Rites Mysterious

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42The Uncut Stone

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43The Conscience of the Real

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44Walk with Me

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45The Fluting Trumpeteer

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46The Elderberry Tree

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47The Articles of Prayer

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48Rosaceous Wonders

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49The Stranger in the Pass

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50For Eddie Linden on his 70th Birthday

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51For Glyn Hughes on His 70th Birthday

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52Spirit of the River

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