Bouquet of Roses

I love [you] all the way to the secret
anatomy down which the bee travels
[stamen] by heart [pistil] by summer

Light breaks morning you[r] cry
quivering [sepal, stem, petal]
to [yes] the secret the rose keeps

And I [vase] as on a table bearing all this [nectar]

Jeanie Tomasko’s recent work has appeared in The Midwest Quarterly, Right Hand Pointing and Rattle. Her story/poem (Prologue) is the recipient of an Editor’s Choice award from Concrete Wolf Chapbook Series, and will be published in the fall of 2014. She works as a home health nurse in the Madison area. More at