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Free Verse Ode to Birth or Rosebuds


Free Verse Ode to Birth or Rosebuds; I die to breathe life and strength into bones and roses.


In, “Free Verse Ode to Birth or Rosebuds,” I recalled the birth of my youngest daughter in 1983, a beautiful, blessed event in my life, only to die an hour later going through a tubal ligation. I lost consciousness due to complications of anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction to a drug used for numbing specific body areas for surgery. But due to such quick responses of doctors and nurses, my life was saved. It was then that one’s life could end in fractions of a second.

And, each time I have doubting thoughts, I remind myself of that beautifully blessed day!


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Free Verse Ode to Birth, or Rosebuds

Sometimes I need to reach—deep like taproots
Burrowing through the darkness of hardpan dirt—

I would want to establish strength; root-like,
anchored in the hopes of solidity.

Forsake the contamination of instability.
Prove I’m the poet of each line of prose.

Who needs the weakness of low self-esteem
when your fingers can grip the heart

and rise with color-drenched petals
that glows under the sun as soon as you pry your finger from it

And, still, it’s not until I reach the firmament,
hear the screech of the eagle: How to explain

to the heart that strength is within
What do you know of hope?

How to know that strength and hope collided
Not until then, that I remember the day

I gave birth to you and died
only to breathe again, at your cry.

They said; I shouldn’t of come back from the dead.
But I fought to live.

This love this strength, this rose that never dies.
I remember how blood looks on a

newborn baby and a rosebud, as I allow myself to see.

©Linda J. Wolff, and “Free Verse Ode to Birth or Rosebuds.”

What is a Free Verse Poem? Typically, free verse is a patterned through speech rather than a meter. Further, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme.

Such as, visual and sound effects are often employed.  It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.


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The woman behind Wolff Poetry. A poetic wordsmith by the mind and a passionate blogger by heart. Reservoir for Wolff Poetry and mentor for youth writing groups. Life motto: Everything you seek is in the stillness of one’s mind. The place between seconds, whispering of a song between sound.

10 thoughts on “Free Verse Ode to Birth or Rosebuds”

  1. I’m sorry for your loss and the medical difficulties you faced. And I praise you for sharing such transparent emotions.

    On another note, the “join wordpress meetup” will not work for me. I had been taken to the post that has the relevant information, but when I try to actually join it won’t let me go anywhere. I’m disappointed because I really would like to join.

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