Sample Poems by Rosemary
The gnat has six
All of one mind bumbling near
the front door. Let
Do the lights work? Who has the
Are we sheltered?
The road had more cracks than before.
I don't like small
Are there mice here?
Look! the mountains are black.
Where did the squirrel
Are they baking in the city?
These pillows are feather.
I don't care what
happened in the city.
Is there a can opener?
Let's listen to the air.
The sky is
Where's the bathroom?
How do you make a tree?
No, the wheelchair won't go
These ferns resemble hair.
Children should be seen.
Have you lost your
Will the rock move?
There's a wasps' nest up there.
Are the nails
Is the apothecary closed?
How high was the flooding?
Is that clock
Does the TV work?
Did they find the bomb in time?
Who moved the
Was he wearing a bullet-proof vest?
Why is this frog white?
Must we work?
The trees are saying something.
Someone hid the hummingbirds.
Someone took the mailbox.
How bad is the
Children should be clean.
I want popcorn.
Do you think the apartment is
The floor creaks beneath my wheels.
Where are your shorts?
Is the lake
How do you make a lake?
Don't we need to paint the house?
I don't like oatmeal.
Can we get any stations?
The eggs are brown!
you comb my hair?
Please light a fire.
Who moved the beds?
How much dust was
Is that a star?
Where is your body?
Is that the moon behind that
Can you see me?
Is it supposed to rain?
I can't see my hand.
Blue, voluptuous, pending
to my yard. These globes don't stop their progress
as an ant's doesn't,
though they're slower to trespass
what the fence marks ours.
Our own. If I could
own these, I could not
grow them, if I could grow them, I could not
keep them from
their natural rate. If I could,
I would not, the grace to die being a grace.
absorber now, of sun, mineral, air-
as I am-coming closer, needs no forgiveness.
as breasts, as hemispheres fused, as blue lungs
and the hands of the beloved at his blue
You feed my eyes. You breathe.
You need no
Everything Is Breathing Right
The leaves of the ash tree outside the window, the twin pines, roots,
The chipmunks scuttling along the deck down into the stone-walled
garden chirp out air, the stones accepting their molecules and energetic waves,
blackberry running among the wild flowers through the long lawn, the quick-silver mushrooms
the squirrel nibbles, twitching his nose between nibbles,
The elephant breathes up the
long nose with the two holes like ours, into the large lungs, also like ours,
surfaces, she draws back the flaps over the nose holes like the day lily opening to summer for
one long day,
The hawk glides on flat wings, the pinpoint holes in his beak take in the
air that holds him,
The palm tree waves in the wind that carries carbon dioxide to the
breath pores of her fronds, breathes out oxygen we need,
Down the block the trees of
heaven growing out of the rooftop toward heaven dance with the hurricane in and
The ship engines churning ocean, the silent fish passing by unseen open and shut
their gills like fans,
The gray business suit, the indigo tattoos, the high heels and
sneakers walking steadily to buses and offices move with the bodies' pulmonary
The panda chuffs his lover over the lunch of tender bamboo, breathing
The lovers breathe in the calm starry night in the bedroom, their legs and arms
clasped afterward in the bedroom,
The cat burglar fills his lungs in freedom, scaling the
roofscape, the cat below screams at a pit bull striding between the iron fence and the
The baby screams air in and out in the nighttime dark, the mother breathing a
song softly above his face,
Near 3 a.m., innumerable humans expel air, singing like
foghorns, announcing, I'm alive! I'm alive!
The vaporous night pulsing soft shine on
asphalt and air amid the street lamps,
The sunflowers in the row house yard turn their
faces to the sun, receive light,
The black fly and scorpion, firefly and mosquito take in
tiny bits of oxygen under the silent moon,