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In the Pulsing Heat of Attraction
Janet Leahy


Last night in the evening indigo

of summerís sensuous garden, dazed

by cerulean blooms on the lithe stem

of delphinium, drugged by the gossamer scrim

of plumbagoís electric blue, intoxicated

by the haze of Russian sage, the maze

of rosemary and thyme

Last night the garden lost all proper decorum

fireflies courted with pulsing heat . . .

the garden sizzled in delight

© by Janet Leahy.
Used with the authorís permission.


Janet's poems have been published in a variety of print and online journals including The Wisconsin Poets? Calendar, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Verse Wisconsin and the anthology, Empty Shoes. 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, published in April of 2012. The poems in her new collection are drawn from her experiences as a teacher in Milwaukee public schools. Janet lives in New Berlin, Wisconsin and serves on the board of The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. She 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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Wonderful and original imagery; really enjoyed it Janet, well done! Judy
Posted 07/25/2012 05:36 PM
Janet, What a lovely poem. Thank you.
Posted 07/23/2012 08:01 PM
yay Jan, images galore
Posted 07/23/2012 12:28 PM
So nice! Wish I could be there.
Posted 07/23/2012 08:51 AM
ed werstein:
well done! it's beautiful.
Posted 07/23/2012 08:48 AM
Larry Schug:
My mouth and my ears are loving this poem read aloud!
Posted 07/23/2012 08:46 AM
Maryann Hurtt:
Oh! How sensuous.
Posted 07/23/2012 06:40 AM
Kay Sanders:
This poem sings!
Posted 07/23/2012 06:24 AM
Beautifully written, the music is there.
Posted 07/23/2012 06:10 AM

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