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Janet Leahy


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Jeremiah presses the flowers into my hand
and says I love you
there are at least a dozen
maybe thirteen exquisite blooms
 
We have known each other
less than a year
but long enough to fall in love
 
He is charming
lively and entertaining
honest with his emotions
enthusiastic about new adventures
 
Do you like them he asks
eyes dancing with delight
Oh yes
thank you I say
giving him a hug
 
I can get more he replies
Teacher      
there’s a million out there
I can pick more
He holds up his hands
yellow from the yellow blooms
 
Tomorrow I say
bring some tomorrow


© by Janet Leahy.
Used with the author’s permission.

 
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Janet Leahy lives in New Berlin, Wisconsin, where she serves on the board of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Her poems have been published in a variety of print and on-line journals, including The Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. She is the author of The Storm, a collection of poems about the Iraq War, and a new book of poems, Not My Mother’s Classroom, will be available in April. The poems in her new collection are drawn from her experiences as a teacher in Milwaukee public schools. Janet enjoys gardening, though the deer assume she has planted her garden for them. Her sweet pea vine comes from ancestral roots. 

 

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rtaylor947@aol.com:
A great reminder that each love is unique and so much love is possible.
Posted 04/06/2012 08:59 AM
pwax:
Good poem, Janet, and a good title for it.Phyllis
Posted 04/04/2012 05:28 PM
Kay Sanders:
"...at least a dozen/maybe thirteen"--those words linger with me--so many ways to say love. I can see his eyes shining up at you. Hope your new book will be available for WFOP conference.
Posted 04/03/2012 06:21 AM
transitions:
Like everyone, I loved the surprise 'turn' in the middle. The yellow flowers here are the sweetest of all ~ Wonderful, Janet, thanks ~ Judy
Posted 04/02/2012 11:09 AM
lincolnhartford:
Thanks for this bit of beauty for the Monday of Holy Week. After reading and rereading the narrative, I realized the title held it all, like a basket for the flowers. I suspect though, that your book is not just about pretty flowers.
Posted 04/02/2012 10:49 AM
lincolnhartford:
Thanks for this bit of beauty for the Monday of Holy Week. After reading and rereading the narrative, I realized the title held it all, like a basket for the flowers. I suspect though, that your book is not just about pretty flowers.
Posted 04/02/2012 10:48 AM
ed werstein:
Great, Janet. Super poem.
Posted 04/02/2012 10:34 AM
dotief@comcast.net:
As a teacher for 35 years, I can feel this poem very deeply. Thanks for sharing!
Posted 04/02/2012 09:23 AM
KevinArnold:
The one-word line "teacher," at precise classic moment for the turn, makes this poem.
Posted 04/02/2012 08:47 AM
Maryann Hurtt:
love "a million out there." Anxious to see your new book!
Posted 04/02/2012 08:36 AM
mimi:
a sweet and gentle poem for a gentle spring day... Sharon Auberle
Posted 04/02/2012 08:35 AM
Marilyn L Taylor:
A real charmer, Janet! Why can't the undergrads at UW-Milwaukee be more like Jeremiah?
Posted 04/02/2012 08:02 AM
johannahsiragusa:
Beautiful! Congratulations on the new book. I always look forward to experiencing your work.
Posted 04/02/2012 07:44 AM
Jo:
Congratulations on your new book. I remember this one and and love it all over again.
Posted 04/02/2012 07:40 AM
Ralph Murre:
"there's a million out there", but not many to compare to this . . . thanks for a good poem, Janet.
Posted 04/02/2012 07:26 AM
LisaV:
Very nice surprise twist there. Thanks, Janet!
Posted 04/02/2012 06:41 AM


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