I Want to Smell Roses

Doug Haberman 1959 (Albuquerque, NM)

February 23 

Falling leaves twirling
Northern lights swirling
Crystal waves curling
As they race to the shore

Full moon’s pale presence
Stars in the heavens
Thunder that deafens
Every time that it roars

River that rushes
Snowfall that hushes
Sunrise that touches
Craggy mountains’ high peaks

White clouds that billow
Tears of the willow
Soft sand a pillow
For my oceanside sleep

In the stillness of the night
Right before the early light
As one by one the stars disperse
I express my gratitude
For the beauty of the universe

I want to smell roses
Their scent on the breeze
I want to hear birdsong
Afloat in the trees
I want to feel sunlight
Warming my skin
I find peace in Nature
Again and again
I find peace in Nature
Again and again

About this poem

A tribute to the beauty of nature on Earth and beyond.

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Written on February 21, 2023

Submitted by DougHaberman on February 21, 2023

Modified on April 09, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme aaax bxbx cbcx dddx eefxf xgxgexHIHI
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 730
Words 136
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 10

Doug Haberman

Retired high school humanities teacher who loves to write song lyrics. Now trying my hand at poetry writing. more…

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  • DearHannah
    I think you chose a unique poetic format and wrote this very well. Love it!
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